The thing is, weight does matters.
And we are not just talking about body weight per se.
Did you know that by carrying heavy things like groceries, or even your work bag, you can potentially worsen feminine odor?
The handbag is almost a necessary accessory these days - containing anything from the simple makeup bag, handphone/(s), the reusable water bottle when we go out; to laptops and files that we bring to work.
Branded bags these days with all the bells and whistles (metal locks and straps) can easily weigh up to 5 lbs/2 kg when empty.
Hence, the average woman handbag/backpack can weigh an average of 2.5 - 4 kg. More so, if you prefer being prepared for any given situation. It is not uncommon for women who carry backpacks or work bags that weigh up to 22 lbs or 10 kg worth of items.
Why Does Carrying Heavy Stuff Worsen Feminine Odor?
The problem with carrying heavy stuff for prolonged periods of time is that prolonged exertion can create pressure on the lower abdomen.
The pelvic floor muscles and ligaments become stretched and weakened, and can sometimes lead to uterine prolapse.
People who experience uterine prolapse report any of the following sensations/symptoms (to name a few):
- A heavy, pulling sensation in the pelvis, like something is about to fall out
- Vaginal bleeding
- Increased vaginal discharge that can be foul smelling
- Recurrent bladder infections
When there is uterine and vaginal bleeding, fluids can accumulate in the uterus, resulting in infection and foul smelling discharge. The inability to control urine leakage can also contribute unpleasant smells in the underwear, or even result in subsequent inflammation of our urinary tract.
Women who have given birth can be more prone to uterine prolapse because of the weakening of the uterine structure postpartum, as well as having to carry their babies and toddlers for prolonged periods.
1. If you prefer carry backpacks, look for bags that can evenly distribute weight across the shoulders.
Try not to carry not more than 20% of your body weight. So if you weigh 110 lbs/50 kgs, try not to carry more than 22lbs/10kg in your bags.
2. For one sided shoulder carry bags -try not to fill your bags with items that weigh more than 10% of your body weight.
3. When you do grocery shopping and anticipate the need to carry heavy stuff for quite some time, use a trolley instead. For hand carry bags or handbags that you like to sling on your elbows, try not to carry more than 10lbs, or 4.5kg.
A tiny side note - by handling heavy grocery or bags on your elbows, you actually exacerbate the appearance of butterfly arms (triceps), as the weight distribution focuses on biceps instead.
4. Babies can easily gain weight in the first few months of their life, usually quickly exceeding 10lbs by the third month. Try wearing your baby with baby carriers or wraps instead of using your arms to hold them perpetually.
5. If you really have to hand carry, remember to alternate carrying between arms/hands to balance weight distribution.
6. Practice regular stretching exercises that elongates your spine. The classic yoga cat pose is a great way to stretch the spine as well as to strengthen our abdominal muscles.
The above suggestions are great for everyday preventive measures and should be incorporated into our daily lives.
That being said, if you suspect you may be experiencing symptoms of uterine prolapse, please do not hesitate to approach your doctor for a more comprehensive evaluation!