Eh?

When Saracens rugby player Jade Knight ran her first 5km after the birth of her son, she was plagued by urinary incontinence. Pregnancy and birth had caused a weak pelvic floor – the group of muscles that span the bottom of the pelvis – leading to stress incontinence, a condition affecting around a third of mothers.

Embarrassed, Knight religiously wore black leggings when she returned to training out of fear she would leak in front of her team-mates. “Unless I speak about it I don’t think anyone else is going to,” she says. Even as a qualified midwife, she was astounded at the toll pregnancy had taken on her body.

With a severe lack of evidence and information on how exercise impacts post-partum sportswomen,

How old are Kegel weights now?

That is, this is hardly an unknown, is it?

13 comments on “Eh?

  1. So I’ve scanned the Saracens first team squad, and I see no mention of a “Jade Knight”. Is this some sort of impostor?

  2. She’s a fucking midwife! They’re supposed to deal with those parts! No wonder British obstetrics is so dire if practitioners are unable to understand the not very complicated pelvic girdle. She’s supposed to be able to repair episiotomies and tears FGS to prevent incontinence developing! (In France standard postnatal practice focuses on ensuring these delicate parts return to tip top condition)

  3. “In France standard postnatal practice focuses on ensuring these delicate parts return to tip top condition)”

    An Englishwoman i know, who gave birth in Paris, was given a list of exercises by a kindly doctor, accompanied by the words “pour son marie”

  4. ‘ Embarrassed, Knight religiously wore black leggings…’

    Religiously?

    ‘ Even as a qualified midwife…’

    ‘… ran her first 5km after the birth of her son, she was plagued by urinary incontinence.’

    ‘Qualified’ is no guarantee of competence or good sense, both clearly lacking in this case.

  5. Evidently competence in qualified midwives is at about the same level as competence in police…

    Over there where you guys are.

    (Cue profane one sentence rant from Interested in three, two, one…)

  6. @Dennis

    competence in qualified midwives is at about the same level as competence in police…

    Yep, and as they are state employees they are not sacked for incompetence

  7. This knowledge was in the possession of mothers and grandmothers, but unfortunately we don’t listen to those patriarchal-enabling fascist bitches. Or the lecturers in our midwife course, they’re sexist oppressors always telling us we can’t do things like run a marathon the week after giving birth.

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