Pelvic-perineal dysfunctions are the most common disorders in women after pregnancy. By one estimate, 35 percent of new mother’s experience urinary incontinence following childbirth, and 20 percent of first-time moms experience severe pelvic floor muscle injury after a normal pregnancy and delivery.
Pregnancy and birth (both vaginal and caesarean) can put stress on and damage the pelvic floor. So, if you are planning to have a baby, you’re pregnant, or you’ve had a baby (or a few); now is an especially important time to pay attention to your pelvic floor muscles.
“Pelvic floor muscles work harder during normal during pregnancy: they are required to support the weight of the growing baby. They are also softened by the effects of pregnancy hormones.”
- Whether you give birth vaginally or by caesarean, your pelvic floor muscles will be impacted.
- Vaginal childbirth can cause significant stretching and straining in the pelvic floor muscles.
- Cesarean births can lead to a weakened abdominal wall creating weakened pelvic floor muscles.
- Pregnant women can still exercise their pelvic floor muscles but might need to change their routine. Exercises completed prenatally will differ from those completed postnatally.
Pelvic Floor Health is more than just doing Kegel exercise.
Prenatal- Your pelvic floor therapist will help you prepare your inner core and pelvic floor to assist in a healthy pregnancy and to help prepare for a healthy delivery.
Postnatally- Your pelvic floor therapist will teach you strategies to optimize your health and improve your pelvic floor and inner core strength for a return to pelvic health and return to full participation in activities of daily life.