Abs, Core, and Pelvic Floor

Abs, Core, and Pelvic Floor

16388390_1204889526255433_3028903131942388546_nSo, this is something that is really embarrassing for me to talk about....but I know if I was struggling with it there are other women out there too just like I was. I had major incontinence issues after my kids were born. Any time I would do a high impact activity such as a workout that included a lot of jumping, or even coughing too hard, I would accidentally pee my pants a little (really embarrassing to write that out). The sad thing is, I thought this was totally normal! Many of my mom friends had the same issue, so I assumed that it was just something I had to accept post childbirth. I had basically accepted that I was going to have to wear a maxi pad any time I wanted to do sprints or jumping jacks. It was so bad, that I even completely peed my pants on camera one time while I was filming a workout for Dollar Workout Club. I made light of the situation and laughed about it afterwards, but deep down I was so embarrassed! It wasn’t until I learned these exercises from Dr. Monique Middlekauff (Exercise and Movement Science) that it improved and got better. I don't have issues with accidental leaks anymore, and that is exactly why I decided to partner with her to make this program because I know how many women are just like I was. Pelvic floor strength training decreases symptoms of incontinence in 83% of women! We are releasing the program in just three days on my website and I can't wait! I think this program is going to help so many women, and I've never been more proud of any other ebook I've ever put out. I can't wait! 3 more days!

www.health.nataliehodson.com/abs

34 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, Natalie. I love everything about this post. I’ve followed you for the last few years since first finding you on Facebook with your video about loose skin after pregnancy. That was when we lived in Florida and I had just had baby #2. Now we’re in Pocatello (I was in Boise the other day at Trader Joes and thought of you, haha), and after having baby #3, I’m back looking at your blog for inspiration for tightening my poor tummy. I love your blog, and I love this post SO much because it truly represents who you are. Honest and upfront for the sake of uplifting other mamas everywhere, even if it means allowing the blog world to see your embarrassing moments. You rock, lady. I’m grateful to have found your blog; it makes me laugh, feel inspired, and occasionally do fist pumps (you know, like “Yes!! Me too!” fist pump!). God bless.

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  2. Just curious, do you have a specific “Abs, Core and Pelvic Floor” book, or program? I can’t seem to find it. I saw a pelvic physiotherapist for incontinence and my diastasis recti, but I’m still struggling with incontinence, so I’m looking for more than just Kegels, which I still find so challenging. Do you have other exercises to work the pelvic floor, or are Kegels really the only way?
    Thanks!

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    • Hi Julie,
      Yes of course! And Kegals are not the only way, and won’t help with the actual DR, and won’t help cure the pelvic floor. Check out my program, as well as our bonus videos on youtube!

      https://health.nataliehodson.com/abs11790639

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  3. Would the Abs, Core and Pelvic Floor program work if I have been working out and I am 8 months postpartum?

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  4. Would this be able to help me. I have a 10 year old (9 pound 8 oz. baby) and 5 year old (7 pounds 3 oz.). I am pretty sure I have Diastasis Recti. I have a 2-3 finger gap above and below the belly button. I work out all the time and can’t get rid of that pouch.

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    • Hi there Tiffany,
      YES! 🙂

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  5. Is it possible to get rid of a hernia caused by diastasis rectify with your 4 week program? I just purchased the program and I’m excited!

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  6. What are the components of your abs core and pelvic floor program? I don’t see any information on the actual program and what all the programs intails.

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  7. I developed pelvic floor dysfunction after the birth of my average size baby, however my PFD was different then what you have explained. My pelvic floor became to tight, rather than loose which is what you described. I was on pain medications for 7 weeks. I had to stop breastfeeding and pumping at 6 weeks because it hurt so much every time. I would cry through sex, if i could even manage to start, and had at least three 24 hour days where I couldn’t sleep a wink due to the pain. And 24 hours with no sleep and a brand new baby is pretty much hell on earth. My doctor sent me immediately to a psychical therapist that specializes in treatment and she did help me. So did the internal physical therapy. Yes I said that and yes there is such a thing. 11 years later I have resolved the dysfunction but i’m still not right. My hips are constantly out of alignment which pulls on everything causing constant lower back pain and leg numbness among other issues. I have recently purchased a horse and i have trouble riding because i can’t pull my abs in tight enough. I’m tired of my pot belly but at the same time, i don’t want to do exercises that will hurt me further or not help at all. So my question is, does your program help with the opposite version of what you have described?

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  8. Is this available in book/DVD rather that Digital download?

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    • Hi JoAnn,
      Right now the program is only in Ebook and online video format.

      thank you!

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  9. Hi Natalie, I’m watching your youtube video on this program on my phone right now & will be ordering this program in the next few moments. I, unfortunately, am overweight but have a hard time working out due to lower back/hip pain and incontinence. I’ve had 4 kids and my chiropractor has actually mentioned pelvic floor dysfunction so I’m very excited to get started fixing that! Are there any exercises that I can be doing while on this program to kick start losing a few pounds during the 4 weeks that I’m doing this program?

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  10. Hi Natalie, I’m 60 yrs old and have had PFD for quite awhile. I’ve also had a cystosele and hystorectomy. I am in need of another cystosele and I currently have moderate pain in my left buttock that I’ve been told is related to the PFD. As to my abs, I had exploratory surgery when I was 20 due to what they thought was a tumor that turned out to be a ruptured appendix. I have had 3 children vaginally ranging from 7 lbs. to almost 10 lbs. I only had one episiotomy which was not effective, therefore I had extensive tearing each delivery. I have gone through PFD therapy through a Dr. office 3 years ago and I’ve been referred to go again. Would your program be a better fit for me?

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  11. Hi, I was really excited to find this program because after my 1st baby, I’ve had incontinence issues while sneezing, jumping, etc. I had ab separation as well but nothing too extreme. I just assumed it would always be this way. My little one is now 20 months old and I’m 17 weeks pregnant with my next baby. Can I do your program while pregnant or would it be best to complete it after I deliver this next baby? Thanks!

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  12. I have a prolapse of the bladder, uterus, and also have a rectocele. There are many exercises out there that can make this condition worse. Is your program prolapse safe?

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  13. Natalie, i am 8 months postpartum of twin girls. They were 6.10 and 6.4 when they were born and i am pretty sure i have diastasis recti. I can fit my whole fist between my abs. I am a twin myself and was almost 7 pounds when i was born so the likelihood of me having twins was high. I have done workouts in the past…21 day fix….and have requirements to meet phisically since i am serving in the Army. 4 more years and I will have a retirement!! Is this program going to help me get back the body i need to have for the physical requirements? I would post a picture of me 2 days before the twins were born but there isnt an option…..i was all belly.

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  14. I’ve had a one huge baby, (about 10#) twins, and a fourth child (small in size). Last two pregnancies were early deliveries due to pelvic floor issues as well as other problems. I’m 8 months postpartum now. Is your program suitable for a super busy mom and is 8 months postpartum too late to make a difference?

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  15. I came upon your video via facebook and I am so angry! Angry because why I have I gone 6 yrs misdiagnosed ?! From a cat scan to ultrasounds why have they not told me this is what that weird hump on my belly was from!!?? And why did they say it was just a collection of fat cells? Really? Its literally a hump. I had my son Oct 2010 and I was on bed rest so I gained tons of weight . 1 year after my son was born I realized this hard hump on my belly. Being over weight every doctor brushed me off saying “loose weight”. Now that I have started educating myself I get so angry at my doctors. Why don’t they know? Why, why?? I am literally in tears. Thank you for bringing a light to this issue.

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  16. I am currently working on this 4 week program with hopes that it will help my leakage issues and my abs since I have that pouch that hangs a bit but also a pouch part above the navel (strange) I hope it helps that since nothing else has yet and I have tried so many things over the years( my oldest is almost 14 and the youngest is 4(4kids).

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  17. Okay, I have 2 babies my youngest baby being 6 months and I have never been able to get rid of the “pooch” on my stomach.. where do I go to purchase the program??

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  18. Hi I just purchased this and I am so excited. My only issue is Im confused of the difference between exercise 1’s 2 differences IE strength and endurance.

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  19. Improve Your Post Pregnancy Abs, Core, And Pelvic Floor
    In Less Than 30 Days!

    Can I do this program already in my pregnancy? Or are you offering special trainings for pregnancy?

    Thank you

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  20. My son is 20 months and I still continue to have this problem. Will this still help Me?

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  21. I’m interested in trying this program, but I’d like to know what exercise I would have to give up for the 4 weeks before I commit. 😬 I’ve seen from other testimonials that running would be a no-go, what about walking? And lifting weights? And PiYo? Those are all part of my current exercise routine.

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    • Hi there,
      That’s so great to hear! You can do any exercises that do not put pressure on the abs, or core. So no running, or jumping, or ab workouts basically.

      Thank you!

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  22. It’s this program appropriate during pregnancy. I’m newly pregnant with my second baby.

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    • Hi there,
      It is safe enough to do during pregnancy, and strengthening those muscles before there is added pressure of a bigger baby is a good idea. After the baby has grown, though, it won’t help as much until the abs aren’t being stretched any longer.

      I hope that helps!

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  23. I’ve found this site after looking for help on youtube. I’m a 76 year old scheduled for surgery to correct rectal prolapse. The dr said my bladder suspension from 1989 is intact but I’m incontinent. Since I’m not very computer savy I would really appreciate a disc and/orbook w/ photos version of your program. Do you plan to produce either. Since there is female longevity in my family I may have more than a few more years yet and would like to spend them in control of my bladder and bowel. In the meantime I plan to get someone to help me access your computer information. I look forward to becoming healthier in this area.

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  24. I don’t have DR after two kids but I believe I have pelvic floor dysfunction. Minimal incontinence but lots of lower hip and back pain. I really want something for strengthening my pelvis because kids do a nu bed down there. Would this work out be for me, if i am looking for more PFD repair rather than DR?

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