Forgive me, I obviously read way too many Dr Seuss books!
I promised a post about "mooing" so here it is for everyone that hasn't received this gem of wisdom and didn't see this post on Facebook back in February.
If you are like most people you probably don't think too much about how you go to the loo, you just go and do your business. But there are better ways that you can go to the loo which can optimise bladder/bowel/pelvic floor health...and as an added bonus, for those of you that are pregnant, prepare you for delivering your baby.
The all important technique:
1. Sit on the toilet with your knees wide and higher than your hips - a small footstool is perfect
2. Lean forward from the hips without slouching through your back, and rest your forearms on your thighs/knees. This position unkinks the bowel and puts you in a good position to relax your pelvic floor in a supported way.
3. Relax your tummy and as you assist with emptying your bowel make a longish "mooing" sound (you can do this silently!). Repeat the "moo" as required.
What the "moo" does is cause a active bulge of your abdomen and a lowering and relaxation of your pelvic floor, meaning that you can go to the toilet without straining or excessive tension. You can achieve the same action without the "moo" by concentrating on gently but actively bulging out your lower tummy as you breathe out...but mooing makes the coordination of this task much easier.
"HOW DOES THIS HELP ME IN LABOUR?", I HEAR YOU ASK
If you practice good bowel habits every time you go, you are reinforcing your ability to relax and open your pelvic floor without strain. This will be helpful during stage 2 (pushing phase...soon to be renamed mooing phase!) as you work with the strong contractions of your uterus to deliver your baby. Rather than pushing and straining against a pelvic floor that is hanging on and maintaining a high level of tension, if you know how to relax the muscles and open them then it will help the delivery process.
So why not join the craze and get mooing today!!
PS. For all you mums out there toilet training, teaching this posture and the mooing technique to your toddlers not only makes potty time fun but teaches them an important skill for life.