To sit, or not to sit.
Have you ever wondered if there's a better way to use the restroom?
Well, there's an answer for ya, and it can greatly affect your longterm health.
A study by the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecologists focused on a large group of women's "sit or squat" preference. They found that most women in the study preferred to squat it out on the regular and this resulted in "a 21% reduction in average urine flow rate and a 149% increase in residual urine volume".
What this means?
Sit. To. Pee.
(Pre-triathlon - everything is funnier at 5am)
If you're short on time, now is not the time to tone your booty. Build a nest, and save the squatting for later.
When we squat, our pelvic floor muscles work alongside our bigger muscle groups (quads, hip flexors, glutes, etc) to hold us up. Meaning, we can't relax them enough to "void" completely.
Why is this important?
When we are pregnant we are more likely to develop UTIs and kidney infections from residual bacteria. You can take antibiotics while you are pregnant... but trust me they aren't fun.
You are also more likely to develop longterm incontinence from not allowing your pelvic floor muscles to relax and contract as they're intended to, either.
For more information on the pelvic floor and for references to the above article, please visit one of my favorite sites by clicking here
For my guide on how to sneak in kegel exercises to help you build a strong pelvic floor (and remember, this is only a piece to the overall pelvic puzzle), please go here!