Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pregnancy Aftermath - Kegel-What?!

This is a good one. And by good I mean embarrassing. And by embarrassing I mean something that you'll probably laugh at me for. But it's still an important lesson for all moms-to-be out there.

P90X includes an exercise video called Plyometrics, which means "jump training." Jump training? Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Here's a screenshot I found online.

Interestingly enough, this is the P90X kids doing the exact exercise that led to my seriously un-glamorous moment.

All of the already-moms know that there is a certain muscle group that gets weakened during pregnancy and in childbirth (um, snissing anyone?). My pre- and post-natal yoga videos were insistent on working that muscle group, constantly mentioning how important it is in the real world. I must have done that "elevator move" a million times. Consider yourself lucky if you don't know what I'm talking about. I thought I had strengthened them enough, especially considering that I'm now almost 20 months past that delightful modesty-stripping experience called labor and delivery.

Anyway, I'll spare you the full-out intricate details. Just imagine having those muscles being not-quite-as-strong-as-they-apparently-should-be, drinking lots of water all day, and then jumping around wildly like they're doing in that picture up there. Apparently they haven’t gained back as much strength as I thought….

Thank goodness we're doing the program in the comfort of our own basement. That would have been quite the walk of shame.


  1. LOVE it!!! And don't feel son is 4 and everytime I get on the trampoline with him I start to pee. Apparently I haven't strengthened those muscles quite enough in 4 years!

    Great post and thanks for linking up this week!

  2. OMGoodness! Thank you for posting this! Even after seeing my doctor for this issue, I still have major issues.
    And FireMan & I recently joined the gym, and we have our first trainer session on Saturday. I have seriously been wondering / scaring myself about what might happen during the workouts.
    Just nice to know I'm not alone!

  3. I just choked on my protein shake while reading this. I laugh w/you, not at you. :)

  4. Your not alone! I tried P90X and had many near embarrassing moments when trying to do all that jumping!

  5. I can't imagine doing that jumping! LMAO @ your glam check!

  6. Awesome!! Isn't it interesting what pregnancy can do to you??

  7. Your not alone! I tried P90X and had many near embarrassing moments when trying to do all that jumping!