Ah.. It's been a little while since I have been able to give this little blog some love.
My 8 month old had been a unicorn, sleeping through the night around 5-6 weeks old. It gave be so much energy! I felt like I could do anything! This sweet baby's early sleeping days meant that I was able to get this business up off the ground and running in a time that I barely had my head above water with my first.
But, obviously, this didn't last. I must have told too many people... ah, babies.
So for the last few months my streak of getting weekly blogs and emails out has really fallen to the wayside. So I am here to get back on track!
What better way to get back on track than with FARTS!
Yes, farts, toots, poofs, whatever you want to call them.
I have had some early success on instagram Reels with a few of my posts going "viral" but lately they haven't been having the same "blow up"... until. A few weeks ago I posted a quick little Reel about ... FARTS! And now at the time that I am writing this blog the video has 187 thousand views! almost 200k!
While my nearly 4 y/o LOVES fart jokes, when it's you farting, and not feeling in control of it- it becomes a little less funny.
In the Pelvic Health World, we call this "Flatal Incontinence" and based on an article in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology the rate of women who experience uncontrolled toots at least once a week is about 4.2%. This number goes up with age >35 as well as increases with experiencing an anal sphincter injury during birth or having other GYN/Abdominal surgeries.1.
There is also an associated risk of developing AI or FI (Anal or Fecal Incontinence) which is loosing control of either liquid or solid stool.
Another study of the "Differential Impact" of having Flatal Incontinence vs Fecal or Anal incontinence noted that while actually experiencing loss of bowel control had a greater impact. The impact of quality of life on women experiencing just loss of fart control was also significantly impacted. 2
Treatment for Flatal Incontinence is something that a pelvic floor PT will be MORE than excited to help you manage.
Whether you are experiencing tension in the muscles leading to wind "squeaking" out with increased abdominal pressure or exertion or weakness or injury of the muscles of the anal sphincter. Your lost wind can be a thing of the past.
Be sure to check out some of my Reels on my latest quick tips on how to help you learn to control your toots!