What is a Squatty Potty and why do you need one?

What is a Squatty Potty and why do you need one?

So you've had a baby, now what? If you're lucky, your obstetrician will check to make sure you know how to do your Kegels and will send you on your way. If you're unlucky, you won't even get that. If you live in France, you'll get the advantage of perineal re-education, essentially pelvic floor therapy for every postpartum woman.

I'll say it right now – I think every woman who has given birth should have the benefit of pelvic floor physical therapy. No, it is not normal after having kids to pee a little when you sneeze. The right exercises can strengthen your body and prevent that from happening. (Thank God.)

Have you heard of the Squatty Potty? I had seen the product on Shark Tank but thought nothing of it until my friend shared that she had uterine prolapse: that is, her uterus fell out of place and into her vagina. Sounds awful, right? Other common issues in postpartum women include urinary incontinence (peeing when you laugh, for example) and diastasis recti (ab separation, which unfortunately I have).

Her pelvic floor physical therapist, on the very first visit, told her to buy a Squatty Potty and to tell everyone around her to buy one too.

Amy Shah, PT, DPT, CLT, a physical therapist who treats pelvic floor issues, says this about the Squatty Potty:

I recommend elevating the hips above the waist because it mimics squatting. This position facilitates relaxation of the pelvic floor and alters the angle of defecation, thus, making it easier to have a bowel movement. Some ways to get into this position include using a wide step stool (7-9 inches in height), or simply stacking old textbooks/phonebooks under your feet. The Squatty Potty is a stool on the market that helps people to achieve this position while sitting on the toilet. One of the best parts about it is that it tucks right underneath the toilet so it is out of the way when you are not using it.

Instead of spending the next 10 minutes explaining what a Squatty Potty is and why you need one, check out this graphic:

If you need a little more help, watch this 3-minute cheeky video:

Makes perfect sense, right? We're doing it all wrong!

From what I understand, normal toilet elimination puts unnecessary stress on your pelvic floor muscles. Using the Squatty Potty allows you to eliminate more comfortably, quickly, and fully, thus putting less stress on those muscles.

The Squatty Potty company FAQs suggests that squatting becomes easier with continued use and that you should use it every single time you use the bathroom.

Do you suffer from pelvic floor issues or want to prevent any from arising? Check out these great products that can help:

The Original Squatty Potty (Amazon)

Serola SI Belt: This is a great belt for adding pelvic stability and reducing lower back pain while exercising. (Amazon)

Hab it: Pelvic Floor: This is a DVD with pelvic floor strengthening exercises. (Amazon), an online core rehabilitation program to address core weakness.

"Down There" for Women DVD: This DVD contains easy-to-do exercises to improve motion. (

Squatty Potty Slim (

Opinions expressed by parent contributors are their own.

Watch the video: How to Squat on Toilet! Caution Heavy People! Avoid WEAK Toilets! (December 2021).

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