An inconvenient truth: Pregnancy, peeing, and jumping jacks

June 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

I have a girlcrush on Cassandra Forsythe. There, I said it. It’s not because she’s cute (though she is); it’s because she’s an awesome combination of super-smart, super-nice, funny, and absolutely willing to bring the truth to the booth, no matter how awkward, inconvenient, or… well, symbolic of our human frailty.

Postpartum Exercise Incontinence

“Before I had my baby, the women in my boot camp classes would say to me: “Just WAIT until you have that baby – you won’t make us do jumping jacks as much anymore…”

At that time I’d look at them strangly and laugh, not really knowing what the heck they were talking about…

Now, fast-forward to motherhood in my world. Because I worked out so much during my pregnancy I never thought in a million years that I’d ever be one of “those” women who had a problem peeing their pants when jumping or running.

I was wrong.

Dead wrong.”


  1. Cassandra says:

    June 24th, 2010at 5:15 am(#)

    Ha! I have a girlcrush on you too Krista!

    And… did I seriously write “cool” that many times in that blog? Man, my brain is seriously leaking outta my breasts. :)

  2. Leela says:

    June 24th, 2010at 10:53 pm(#)

    I love both your blogs! I have a six-month-old and. I didn’t have this issue, because I’m an Egyptian-style dancer and that whole dance is about pelvic floor control. But how did you manage to do jumping jacks so soon after? I tried that and ended up with foot and knee pain that I’m still trying to get rid of! Hats off to you.

    Try a bellydance class – it’ll fix those PC muscles right up.

  3. Katherine says:

    June 24th, 2010at 11:27 pm(#)

    Yep. No jumping jacks. Don’t even jog. I’m in good shape for 50 – but that ain’t saying much. My knees might be able to handle contact exercise, but the bladder can’t. Poise is good for aerobics class.

  4. Lieke says:

    June 25th, 2010at 12:53 am(#)

    Cassandra & Krista, thank you for this post.

    Damn useful information for a 6-month pregnant woman who would like to keep up the good work post-partum!

  5. KCK says:

    June 25th, 2010at 7:36 am(#)

    I’m one of “those” women and I haven’t even had any kids :(. Better go read this article… and take up belly dancing I guess!

  6. Sarah says:

    July 5th, 2010at 10:03 pm(#)

    Squats work too! I had a baby 4 years ago and until I started weightlifting again in January, I had to cross my legs when I sneezed otherwise there would be leakage. Now my butt is stronger, and I can sneeze like a normal person. :-)

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