Monday, October 29, 2007

Shoulda done those Kegels


Oh, how the mighty have fallen. For the past four days, I have been limping around in agony wondering what I could have possibly done to screw up my lower back quite so badly. At first, I hoped it was just regular back pain as many pregnant woman experience. The next day, the pain localized into one side, and I knew something was up. At times, I couldn't even put weight on the leg. Yesterday, it was so bad that I was using the stroller like a walker - anything to stay upright. Today, I'd decided that I had endured enough and called a physiotherapist that my doctor had recommended.

I suspected that it was somehow pregnancy related, of course. I know that things in the pelvic area tend to loosen up when you're late in the game. I even knew that you could do some damage if you weren't careful. But surely these things happen to Other People, not me. Oh no! I'm a runner! I am still - or, rather, was still until the back went haywire - running for about an hour, three times a week! I take a FitMom class once a week, and I walk a lot! Apparently all these good things are for naught if you don't do your kegels.

For some reason, I thought I was exempt. Or, perhaps I was lazy. Anyways, I could never find time for them. Now that I can't walk properly, I wish I had made more of an effort. According to my physiotherapist, I lack some of the core strength that kegels help to build, and I hurt/twisted/messed up the SI Joint. She gave me some exercises and stretches to do - all of which involve the muscles worked while doing kegels.

She also said that the pain may not go away entirely until I deliver, though. Fabulous. Nothing like chasing after a toddler who can outrun you.

So it looks like I've got my work cut out for me. Can I make up for 9 kegel-free months in just 3 short weeks? Only time will tell. One thing I know for sure is that I won't look like this at the end of my new workout regime:



This is SO NOT the outfit I would choose to wear while doing kegels. Assuming that white thing goes where I think it does - are we pretending that my little girl can actually compress that thing? It looks like a Thigh Master for pete's sake! Nuh huh. Love how the pregnancy benefits are hidden between things like better orgasms and heightened stimulation, though. . Now, if only I had the proper footwear to become a KegelPro, I'd be all set...

Now if anyone sees me in person, you're gonna be wondering if I'm doing a kegel. Arncha?

18 comments:

b*babbler said...

And here I was thinking of suggesting a playdate, but how would I keep a straight face? :)

Beck said...

That is MY kegel outfit, but then, I'm an expert. Now I'm feeling SO guilty for the pro-kegel email I wrote you....

Kathryn said...

I have that outfit in red. I sit around in my living room and do my Kegels in it. It's hot.

Mad Hatter said...

OK, let's back up for a minute. You have 23 days to go until the big POP and you are still running an hour three times a week? You, No-Mo, are a wonder kegels or no. I think you should be given honourary heels and thong. BTW, do you think that's a nursing bra she's wearing?

something blue said...

Every time I even read the word kegel, it makes me clench. That device scares me.

I hope the pain subsides.

jen said...

If I do my kegels, can i look like her too?

Mimi said...

Gosh! She's wearing the same shoes I am wearing to the office today! (NOOOTTTTT!)

That device looks scare indeed. Shudder.

I'm sorry the kegels caught up with you. I was hoping you were going to blaze a trail for the rest of us ...

mamatulip said...

Dude. I always do my Kegels in stilettos.

kittenpie said...

Well, as long as you don't start working it so hard you overdo it and sprain it or something...

cinnamon gurl said...

Oh yuck. Sorry you're in pain!

Kyla said...

I'm LMAO @ kittenpie. Can you imagine straining that? YEE-OUCH!

Mac and Cheese said...

I'm confused about that device. Does it take batteries?

Christine said...

do you really have to put that thing. . there?!?!?!

and good for you for running still! sorry your back hurts. hope it gets better soon.

DaniGirl said...

Huh. So, wet pants aren't the only risk of a kegel-free lifestyle, eh? Guess I need me some white stilettos then. Although given the fact that, as i previously blogged, I tend to do my kegels at the bus stop downtown, this getup is going to scare the bejesus out of a lot of innocent bystanders!

bren j. said...

Seriously. That outfit is HEINOUS!!

Lisa b said...

Who the hell has time with the second? My back is killing me too.

Since I am the girl whose life experiences defy logic I had sciatica before my first pregnancy and chronic lower back problems yet no back trouble during pregnancy.

After I had the girl my physio started to tell me my back problems were due to my epidural, I didn't have one.

That Kegel pro is unbelievable, as it that outfit.
As are all the mental images I have from the comments above!

Tina Kubala said...

I just have to tell you that Kegels totally pay off. I've never been preggie, but I started doing them a few years ago to spend less time in the bathroom.

Not only don't I pee as much as before, the "other" benefits are true. Oh yeah.

No tools needed. People will buy anything.

painted maypole said...

wow... that contraption looks scary.

hope you feel better.