32 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 • 55 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.

    Carina White

    Carina White

    Helen is joined by Carina White - broadcaster, cultural commentator and co-host of the podcast Black Mums Upfront. Carina shares her experience of incontinence after childbirth and her long journey towards finding help. She talks with passion about how it's affected her socially, why she wants to speak out and how she's found strength in sisterhood.

    • 23 min
    The M Word: Menopause and Your Pelvic Floor

    The M Word: Menopause and Your Pelvic Floor

    Menopause is having a moment, with celebrities, books and TV programmes taking on the taboo that has surrounded it for so long. But what does menopause (and perimenopause) mean for those of us with pelvic floor problems? Will things inevitably get worse? Helen chats to a self-described ‘pelvic health nerd’ - the physiotherapist Michelle Lyons - about what’s going on, how to manage it, and why knowledge really is power.

    • 23 min
    Sara's Story

    Sara's Story

    Helen is joined by Sara Duckett, a listener and a mum-of-two. Sara has struggled with urinary and bowel incontinence, as well as prolapse, since the birth of her first child in 2016, but says a non-surgical treatment (PTNS) has been life changing . They discuss the mental health impact of pelvic floor problems, the stigma that surrounds them and the importance of never giving up .

    • 33 min
    Pelvic Floor Surgery (Part One): Colorectal

    Pelvic Floor Surgery (Part One): Colorectal

    Surgical treatments for pelvic floor problems are many and varied, but with the vaginal mesh scandal fresh in our minds, it's easy to feel lost and unsure. In part one of this two part series, Helen speaks to Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Julie Cornish, about the kinds of cases she sees and some of the lifestyle changes and treatments that might help.

    • 29 min
    Sophie Power

    Sophie Power

    Returning to running postpartum is one thing. Then add pelvic floor problems to the mix. Now imagine you're an ultra-runner who likes to do 100-plus mile races. Helen talks to Sophie Power about incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and her journey back to fitness after childbirths - despite being told she may never run again - and how important it is that mums are helped to reach their goals, whatever those goals might be.

    • 24 min
    Elaine Miller (Gusset Grippers)

    Elaine Miller (Gusset Grippers)

    Helen is joined by Elaine Miller (aka Gusset Grippers) - a fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and award winning comedian who's on a mission to tackle your pelvic floor...whilst making you laugh. They discuss the long-standing evidence behind kegels, why pelvic floor problems are a feminist issue and how using humour can change lives.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Maria_oe ,

best resource out there

Thanks Helen for this great podcast, it helped me a lot with navigating PFD.

lesinbrenrford ,

Educational and inspirational

Thank you for this excellent podcast. Great advice, hopeful chat, inspiring guests

Becktide ,

Thank you!

Think these reviews have an impact on the ability for podcasts to get noticed- and as such this podcasts definitely should be found. It’s been a life saver, Helen’s reassuring approach, her diligence with the subject and care. It made my vulnerable postpartum experience and self feel far less alone. Honestly worth a listen if your bodies not quite right after childbirth (which to be honest is most of us). Thanks Helen for being brave and battling this subject.

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