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3/18/13 6:02 P

Kegels are great and way under-used, but I certainly agree with the before post, be communicating with your OB/GYN about your symptoms because the damage could be more extensive.

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3/18/13 4:07 P

After childbirth, I had muscle problems, too. Mostly just peeing when I sneezed, coughed, or exercised. First, I told my regular ob/gyn. She sent me to a specialist - a pelvic reconstructive surgeon - who did a full workup on me. My problems were worse than I (or my regular doctor) could have known about, and without a proper diagnosis, there would have been devastating consequences. (I won't go into too much detail here, but feel free to message me.)

This is a medical condition that you should be discussing with your doctor and getting good referrals for. Make sure you find a doctor that will help you and not treat you like you're overreacting.

It's far too common for people to act like this is just normal and expected and if you sqeeze your groin muscles a few times a day you should be fine, and if it doesn't get better, too bad, wear some pads. Two years ago, I couldn't walk without leaking. Now I can sneeze with a full bladder and not worry. There is no reason to accept this as normal. There is help.

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3/18/13 2:06 P

The previous poster has given you some good advice. Urinating when sneezing often happens because you have weak pelvic floor muscles, not b/c of your core. Kegals are good exercises to do daily that will help prevent this:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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3/18/13 1:41 P

Unfortunately, there's no way to spot reduce the parts of our bodies we don't like. This is because our muscles draw their energy from the bloodstream, not the surrounding fat stores. the best thing you can do for your stomach is to lose fat overall. It will gradually reduce, but since that's your trouble zone, it's likely the last place to let go.

As for your sneezing, that's not necessarily caused by core weakness. That's a separate area of the body. ;) The muscles there are strengthened primarily by doing kegels, but if you're like me, surgery may be your only option for repair. I can tell you that improving my core strength has not improved that issue one iota... I have a six pack, do core work a lot, but unfortunately it's hidden by the keg. ;)

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 3/18/2013 (13:42)

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3/18/13 11:41 A

I have too much weight on my stomach that is effecting my lower back. Also I have no muscles in my stomach after childbirth and two surgeries, plus I sit all day at my job. Because I have no stomach muscles, whenever I sneeze or cough I urinate. So I need allot of help. Just another embarrassing moment. emoticon I want my pants to look like this!

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