48 episodes

One woman’s mission to end the stigma around leaks and lumps after childbirth. Honest chat about incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Not a trampoline in sight. Hosted by Helen Ledwick.

Why Mums Don't Jump Helen Ledwick

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 76 Ratings

One woman’s mission to end the stigma around leaks and lumps after childbirth. Honest chat about incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain. Not a trampoline in sight. Hosted by Helen Ledwick.

    Holly's Story: Prolapse, Pessaries and Getting Your Life Back

    Holly's Story: Prolapse, Pessaries and Getting Your Life Back

    Helen speaks to Holly Puddephatt, a content creator from Leeds, host of the podcast Me, Myself & Mum Life and mum to toddler, Thea. 
    Holly discovered she had pelvic organ prolapse in October last year, two years after her daughter was born. Like so many of us, she'd never heard of it and was terrified about what it would mean, especially as someone with a huge passion for exercise.
    'I love exercise. It's a massive part of my life...and I was reading all this stuff online saying you can't run, you can't do this or that. And for me, that would be like ripping my legs off. That's how it felt.'In this episode, Holly describes how she set about reclaiming her life: absorbing as much information as she could, seeking out the support of a pelvic health physiotherapist, practising hypopressives and sourcing a pessary, as well as sharing her journey on social media.
    Holly is @hollyandthea on InstagramFind out more about pessaries in this episode of the podcastFind out more about hypopressives in this episode of the podcastFind out more about returning to exercise with prolapse in this episode of the podcast
    Season 5 of Why Mums Don't Jump is sponsored by IMEDicare - Pelvic Health Naturally. IMEDicare supplies a range of easy-to-use, medically approved products including Lumana incontinence leggings and running shorts, the Efemia bladder support and Enna Pelvic Ball; a discount code is available via my online affiliate shop.
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    • 25 min
    Getting the Most From Your GP Appointment, With Dr Aziza Sesay

    Getting the Most From Your GP Appointment, With Dr Aziza Sesay

    How do you get the most out of your GP appointment if you have symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction? Whether it's urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, sexual dysfunction or chronic pelvic pain - how do you maximise your (all-too-brief) consultation to get the help you need?
    In this episode Helen speaks to Dr Aziza Sesay, a GP with a special interest in women’s health and an educator, who shares evidence-based health information on social media and through her website: ‘Talks with Dr. Sesay'.
    Dr Aziza explains how to help your doctor help you - with suggestions on what to prepare, what questions to ask and what to do if you feel you're not being listened to. She lifts the lid on vaginal examinations and reimagines a world where women's health is made a priority. Oh and there's a farting chair. Yep.
    Dr Aziza is @talkswithdrsesay on Instagram
    You can find the the NICE guidelines for the prevention, assessment and non-surgical management of pelvic floor dysfunction here
    You can read more about Perinatal Pelvic Health Services here
    Season 5 of Why Mums Don't Jump is sponsored by IMEDicare - Pelvic Health Naturally. IMEDicare supplies a range of easy-to-use, medically approved products including Lumana incontinence leggings and running shorts, the Efemia bladder support and Enna Pelvic Ball; a discount code is available via my online affiliate shop.
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    • 29 min
    Erica’s Story: Bowel Incontinence, Birth Injury and Truth as Armour

    Erica’s Story: Bowel Incontinence, Birth Injury and Truth as Armour

    Bowel incontinence, also known as faecal incontinence, is estimated to affect up to one in ten women after childbirth. More if you include those who can’t hold wind, which may sound trivial but can obviously be pretty mortifying. Severe tears in childbirth are a common cause; third and fourth degree tears - which affect the muscle around the anus. 
    In this episode, Helen is joined by Erica Macdonald - a listener who lives in Devon with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Erica was diagnosed with an a**l injury - a severe tear - after her daughter was born and has been living with bowel incontinence ever since. She talks about the impact it's had on her life, her struggle to access support and her decision to take control of her own story:
    'You know when you're pregnant and you wear a badge on the Tube? It's like me wearing a badge saying 'my bum doesn't work'. And I own that. For me it just works so much better.'
    You can find out more about Sacral Nerve Stimulation here
    You can find the MASIC foundation here
    Listen to the Why Mums Don't Jump episode: Sara's Story here
    NICE guidelines recommend that all women who have had a vaginal birth should be offered a post birth rectal examination. Find out more >
    Season 5 of Why Mums Don't Jump is sponsored by IMEDicare - Pelvic Health Naturally. IMEDicare supplies a range of easy-to-use, medically approved products including Lumana incontinence leggings and running shorts, the Efemia bladder support and Enna Pelvic Ball; a discount code is available via my online affiliate shop.
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    • 28 min
    The Birth Debrief, with Illiyin Morrison

    The Birth Debrief, with Illiyin Morrison

    When we talk about pelvic floor problems after childbirth, you can't escape the fact that many women don't get the birth they wanted or signed up for. A difficult experience can leave you feeling distressed, anxious or traumatised, but how often do you really get to reflect on what happened? And might it be something worth exploring?
    Illiyin Morrison is a birth trauma specialist midwife and a birth debrief facilitator. Illiyin supports women to overcome a difficult perinatal experience - whether that's pregnancy, birth or postpartum. She's the author of The Birth Debrief and a mum-of-two, who you might know from Instagram as @mixing.up.motherhood.
    In this episode, Helen and Illiyin discuss what we mean by a birth debrief, who it's for and why it may - or may not - be a useful tool. They talk about how we define trauma, how we begin to pick up the pieces, and how sometimes feeling heard is enough.
    You can find Illiyin's book, The Birth Debrief: Reflecting on pregnancy, reframing birth, redefining post-partum, here
    You can find Illiyin's website here
    For more support with birth trauma check out:
    The Birth Trauma Association - UK charity that supports women who suffer birth traumaMake Birth Better - Collective of parents and professionals working to end the suffering from birth traumaMASIC - Charity for mothers with anal sphincter injuries in childbirthYou can find further resources for pelvic floor dysfunction here
    In a previous episode, Helen discussed the mental health implications of pelvic floor dysfunction with perinatal psychiatrist, Dr Rebecca Moore. You can listen here.
    Season 5 of Why Mums Don't Jump is sponsored by IMEDicare - Pelvic Health Naturally. IMEDicare supplies a range of easy-to-use, medically approved products including Lumana incontinence leggings and running shorts, the Efemia bladder support and Enna Pelvic Ball; a discount code is available via my online affiliate shop.
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    • 30 min
    Hayley's Story: Prolapse, Pregnancy and Mindset

    Hayley's Story: Prolapse, Pregnancy and Mindset

    Helen speaks to Hayley Schoenberg who lives in Hamburg, Germany, with her wife and three-year-old daughter. She discovered she had a prolapse two years after her daughter was born, whilst going through fertility treatment for a second child. It's something that had a big impact on her life and on her work as a dancer, burlesque performer and hypnobirthing teacher.  
    In this roller coaster of an episode Hayley tells Helen about her journey to find the support she needed, how she's feeling about her second pregnancy, and how a change of mindset has made a big difference. They talk about the German healthcare system, about pessaries and pelvic physiotherapy...and how to handle yourself in a grocery store!
    I texted my wife and said I think my pelvic floor has just fallen through my ass. I knew instantly this was not good.Hayley is @theschoenbergfamily on InstagramFind out more about pessaries in this episode of the podcast, as well as this episode of the podcast and in this Instagram live
    Season 5 of Why Mums Don't Jump is sponsored by IMEDicare - Pelvic Health Naturally. IMEDicare supplies a range of easy-to-use, medically approved products including Lumana incontinence leggings and running shorts, the Efemia bladder support and Enna Pelvic Ball; a discount code is available via my online affiliate shop.
    Sign up for the Why Mums Don't Jump email newsletter for the latest news and offers!

    • 28 min
    Katie's Story

    Katie's Story

    Helen speaks to listener, Katie Nicolson, who struggled with stress incontinence after having a severe tear during childbirth two years ago. Katie talks about the shock reality of postpartum recovery, her journey to the 2022 London marathon and the medical professionals from Liverpool Women's Hospital who helped to get her there. She shares the highs and lows of becoming a mum during covid, and her determination to get back to running for the sake of her mental health.
    'It was honestly amazing. You can't really bottle that feeling and I don't think I'd be able to top it if I ever did another one. I'm just really proud.'
    Katie is @mummytolondonmarathon on Instagram
    You can listen to the episode with ultra-runner Sophie Power here

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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76 Ratings

76 Ratings

KatHick1 ,

Changed my midwifery practice

What a great find! I had a prolapse after my second child and this podcast has helped me feel like I’m not alone! As a midwife I had some vague idea this could happen after childbirth but I had no idea so many people were affected and so young! It has changed the way I talk to women and birthing people postnatally about the importance of doing their pelvic floor exercises, what to do if they have symptoms and that no leakage is normal despite the adverts out there! I’ll be recommending all the students I work with to listen to it. On the postnatal ward we have such limited time to discuss so much that this had become a passing comment. Now I go into much more detail!
Thank you!

Addy1987 ,

Weightlifter and CrossFit mum of two

I was advised by my physio to listen to this podcast after I had a prolapse with my second child.

I had entered a deep depression as exercise was my life and I felt I wouldn’t have any way of releasing energy or getting that amazing rush of endorphins after a work out.

I began antidepressants and really struggled to feel better.

After listening to this podcast, giving my body time to heal, stopping myself from watching Instagram mums exercising one day after giving birth, I slowly got better.

I am now weightlifting heavy than before and working out 5-6 hours a week.

Things do get better! Stay positive. X

Hand painted ,

Amazing podcast

After suffering for many months in silence with prolapse , I came across this podcast and it’s literally changed everything for me, it sounds dramatic but before listening to this I thought my life as I knew it was over!! It’s helped me gain knowledge, get strong and because of Helen snd taking advice from and the experts she interviews i am symptom free ! I have the odd bad day but knowing there are people out there with the same condition ( lots of them ) and tools I can use to help I’m doing ok . Thank you so much for this podcast.

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