The Importance Of Your Pelvic Floor Post-Baby

Five reasons why you should be focusing on your pelvic floor and visiting a physiotherapist after giving birth

Throughout pregnancy your growing baby places a lot of weight on your pelvic floor. You may have even found yourself releasing a little pee during a coughing or sneezing fit.

Depending on how long and strenuous your labour was your pelvic floor undergoes an immense amount of stress. There are five reasons why it is so important to dedicate time to rehabilitating your pelvic floor strength and endurance before returning to the gym and visit a pelvic floor physiotherapist.

Breastfeeding weakens the pelvic floor muscle

Did you know that your body stops producing estrogen in order to continue producing milk. That’s why your period has yet to become regular again. The lack of estrogen relaxes your pelvic floor muscles and leaves you even more vulnerable to vaginal prolapse. This is why I recommend PF physiotherapy for all new mothers, even those who had a C-section.

Proper examination of your pelvic floor

Your pelvic floor controls and holds your rectum, bladder, urethra, small bowel and your vagina. Through a lengthy and somewhat awkward internal exam, a PF physiotherapist can assess the strength and the endurance for three main areas of the PF muscle; bladder control, rectum and your vagina.

The best kegel lesson of your life

The only way to understand the difference between a rectal kegel and a urethra kegel is through an internal exam from a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Being able to distinguish the difference between these areas of the muscle will allow you to further strengthen the pelvic floor on your own time.

Diastasis Recti examination

During pregnancy, your growing baby pushes against your abdominal wall and can create a gap between the abdominals. Unfortunately, many women will engage in crunches, which can actually worsen the separation. But with the right instructions and a waist trainer your abdominals can come back together within three to six months.

Strengthening for the future

No one likes to think about getting old but let’s face it, we’re all heading that way and its best to prepare for it now. Eventually we will all have to face the harsh reality of menopause. Menopause will stop all those fabulous hormones that keep us looking and feeling young—the same hormones that keep our muscles strong including the pelvic floor. By engaging in daily kegel exercises today you will prevent yourself from wearing daily adult diapers tomorrow.

Amen to that!

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