Self-care is a crucial part of life. It can make the difference between feeling cool, calm, and collected or wanting to pull your hair out every time something else gets added to your to-do list. During the holidays, this is truer than ever. Though the holiday season can bring a lot of joy, many Americans feel that they are more stressed at this time of year. Instead of accepting being stressed as part of life create some small (but significant!) self-care habits. Remember, stress can even affect your pelvic floor! We’re not just talking about getting your nails done or spending 20 minutes meditating every morning (though these are greats ways to practice self-care). The kind of self-care we like to practice during the holidays is more about allowing your whole life to be centered around your own well-being. Why? Because you can’t take care of others if you don’t feel your best. Here are 6 self-care tips that will make this the best holiday season ever.

Stress affects everyone and, while small amounts of stress are a normal part of life, chronic stress is not. But being stressed all the time can do a lot of damage to your emotional wellbeing and, for women, your pelvic floor. Ok, so your pelvic floor might be the last thing you think about when you’ve got a million other things to take care of. We understand but, real talk, your pelvic floor should be something you’re concerned with. A strong, healthy pelvic floor can help you stay in shape, give you confidence, and keep your entire reproductive system operating at it’s best. So how does stress affect your pelvic floor? Read on!

By Susie Gronski Who says sex has to stop after you hit menopause? Well, according to an international survey of 4,100 women, up to 50% said that sex was painful (1) Ouch! 50%?! That’s a whole lotta deprived vaginas. Top 5 symptoms you might complain of in your golden years:
  • A vagina dryer than the Sahara desert
  • Getting “hot” and not it a good way
  • Waking up to a pool of sweat in your bed sheets
  • Insomnia
  • That annoying belly fat that won't go away no matter what diet or exercise fad you try

October is the month for Breast Cancer awareness. It’s the perfect opportunity for us women to learn more about our bodies, to take prevention seriously and to build healthy habits, such as performing regular breast check ups. This October, Bwom has partnered up with the Keep A Breast Foundation to raise awareness about the importance of prevention. For every exercise plan that you buy at Bwom, we will donate 50% of the proceed to Keep a Breast to help them with the common goal of raising awareness about the importance of breast cancer prevention and healthy habits. Find out these 3 ways to practice prevention and lower your risk of breast cancer:

Getting and staying healthy can feel complicated. When you have at least three thousand other things on your to-do list, making time for doctor’s appointments, remembering to pick up tampons (or even remembering when you’re supposed to start your period), and fitting in workouts can feel like monumental tasks. And while it can seem like all of these responsibilities fall on your shoulders, we don’t believe in the myth of “superwoman”. In other words, you can’t do it all by yourself, with the help of women's health apps.  That’s why we’ve rounded up our absolute favorite women's health apps of the moment. Each useful in their own right, these apps are making managing your health a whole lot easier.

If you’re like most women, you’ve probably at least heard of Kegels. But did you know that they are for more than preventing bladder leaks? It’s true! In the mid-1940’s, Dr. Arnold Kegel developed an exercise to help women who were experiencing urinary continence. Many women who tried this exercise found that, in addition to having better control over their bladders, they were also experiencing better sex.

Author: Sofia Fournier Postpartum or after birth is a stage of life that is often ignored, just simply swept under the rug. We don’t think about what is going to happen to us after giving birth, and we don't ask too many questions. During pregnancy we are mainly focused on the here and now, and the furthest we think into the future is of the day we’ll be giving birth. But ladies, postpartum exists, postpartum is hard but it’s beautiful too, though at times it can be much less idyllic than we imagined it to be. In this post I'm going to try to give you an overview of the after birth, including physical and emotional changes and my advice on both a professional level as well as a personal level in my experience as a mother.

There is a lot of talk about ‘mummy tummy’ lately.  What to do about diastasis recti, why it happens, and why healing it matters.  For many it doesn’t matter to them why it happens, or even why it needs to be healed – they just want it gone!  Well girls – it is important to know why it happens and why healing it matters and knowing this information will actually help you get rid of it too!

Constipation is a common problem and affects many women who end up accepting it as a part of life. What you maybe don’t know is that, over time, constipation can damage your pelvic floor. Find out why and how to fight the problem: advice, habits and exercises for relieving stasis of the lower bowel from its root.

Author: Erin Jackson, JD, MA There are two floral potholders on metal stirrups, adding to the lunacy of the situation.  Lying there in a paper gown that makes a crunching sound as it collapses into the paper rolled over the table, I reluctantly slide towards my doctor, who’s gesturing for me to come closer. I’m here for myself, for my intimate health. So I gingerly extend each foot to a stirrup, resting them on the potholders. Peering over my knees, I notice that I didn’t even match my socks this morning, and then my doctor’s head appears between the potholders.  She grabs her light, moves its glare between the potholders, and gently taps my knees. “Just relax your knees now.”