What is the big deal about pelvic floor exercises during and after pregnancy?
Well actually, 1 in 3 women wet themselves post-pregnancy from pelvic floor weakness. Imagine if that was you?
What will you find out here?
I will tell you why the pelvic floor is so important
I will explain a test for you to work out how you pelvic floor is going? (A free downloadable guide)
Provide you with an easy step-by-step training guide for your pelvic floor competence. (Also in the guide!)
MYTHS about pelvic floor
Basically I am one of those health professionals that thinks it’s a big deal (and I have also had 2 natural births which gives me the pregnancy credibility). I want to make pelvic floor exercises super easy for you to follow because these muscles need to work well for many years beyond this pregnancy!
The facts if they don’t work (no sugar-coating)?
- leak urine when you cough, sneeze, lift, laugh or do exercise
- be unable to control passing wind (I actually had this while pregnant-t’was a tad embarrassing)
- feel an urgent need to empty your bladder or bowel
- leak bowel motion after you have been to the toilet
- have trouble cleaning yourself after a bowel motion
- find it hard to pass a bowel motion unless you change position or use your finger to help
- feel a lump in your vagina or a sensation of dragging (mostly at the end of the day), which could mean that one or more of your pelvic organs might be sagging down into your vagina. This is called pelvic organ prolapse.
Don’t be worried though, despite this list. You can work on preventing this stuff!
So what is the pelvic floor?
Basically, it’s a hammock type structure of muscle and other tissue that spans between your pubic bone at the front and your coccyx at the back. This hammock supports your bladder, uterus and bowel. It has 3 holes in it for the openings for each of the structures to the outside (like that was a mystery!) Obviously we all would prefer this hammock to stay in good knick. That least above is not so appealing!
COMMON MYTHS (are these your thoughts too?)
- Pelvic floor exercises are done by stooping and starting your wee flow. So if you downloaded the test & exercises you would know this to be false. It is a test that should no be performed more than once a fortnight!
- Now that I am pregnant, the damage has been done. Simply not true. We can and should practice pelvic floor through life.
- Pelvic floor muscles are easy to do. You actually have to really concentrate to do them properly. But it is worth not wetting yourself in public…right?
And if you missed our Free download for Pregnancy Self-Help Exercises 101, you can get it again here. Simply type in your email and you will be directed to the download page!!
If you need to speak to someone about a pregnancy issue you are having, our Osteos are available for consultation. We are a trusted service for midwives, Doulas and GP’s for pregnancy-related pain.
If this is something you think you need, call on 9857 7872