When a dear friend of mine told me MUTU System® was launching M.O.M.S. – Military Outreach MUTU System, I was excited! My business of supporting moms had me curious and excited to learn more. I attended their very first live event, the M.O.M.S. Master Class, here at Fort Bragg and I am so glad I did.
Two of the most important takeaways for me was actually finding and isolating the three areas of the female pelvic floor, and breathing the correct way.
Pelvic floor health isn’t just for postpartum moms or women who have had children. Knowing how the pelvic muscles work, along with identifying them, can absolutely be beneficial to any woman – especially those planning on having children, and we’re not talking about your standard Kegel exercises here. These same muscles help support your body during your entire pregnancy, during labor (hello pushing!), and of course during the postpartum recovery. Knowing how and where to push when the time comes for your baby to be born is an important component to a healthy birth experience. Starting now, before pregnancy or in early pregnancy, can help build the foundation and ward off annoying inconveniences like incontinence, painful sex or reduced sensations during sex, lower back pain, inability to use tampons or a menstrual cup. All of these symptoms are quite common, but they’re not normal. They signify a problem that needs addressing and it all starts with knowing how to constrict and release the muscles that support the pelvic floor.
As a birth doula, I am all about breathing. It is crucial to relaxation as it can help increase awareness and mindfulness. But breathing correctly to achieve your desired results or goals is often difficult and can take practice. Who knew?! I always suggest to clients to practice slow relaxing breathing during pregnancy in preparation for labor. The same applies to the pelvic floor. There is a specific way to breath while actively doing the exercises meant to help strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor. After attending the M.O.M.S. Master Class, I took what I learned and worked it into my every day. Using the appropriate breathing technique I can work on my pelvic floor muscles while sitting at my desk, taking a shower, cooking dinner, driving to meetings… pretty much anywhere. And I feel like I’m doing something for ME without needing to work in gym time, or sacrificing time with my children.
There’s another M.O.M.S. Master Class coming to Bragg in a few short weeks. I highly encourage you to attend! Your pelvic floor will thank you!
Find out more about the upcoming Ft. Bragg M.O.M.S. events here
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Melissa Cruz – Owner of The Fayetteville Doulas