Post Pregnancy Anatomy - Is it the same?
One of the most common questions I get asked as a Women's Health Physiotherapist is by first time pregnant women asking - will my lady bits be the same after giving birth?
Most often the answer to this is YES, the female anatomy, including the pelvic organs and pelvic floor muscles do amazing things! After all your uterus can stretch to the size of a watermelon!! There are however some important symptoms to recognise and treat in order to ensure your pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organs return to normal.
As a new mum, you generally forget about yourself and look after everyone else. Hands down it's about survival. However, I'm here to remind you the 1st 8 weeks are by far the best time for your body to recover!
Research has shown the best recovery gains in your stomach muscle separation and function are within the 1st 8 weeks. Don't freak out, there are very easy and gentle exercises that you can do at home within this time frame, none of which put your pelvic floor muscles at risk.
Here's 5 easy things to do.
Is it? Why does a miscarriage happen? What does it mean? Is it your fault?
I had coffee with a friend the other day who was telling me about her doctor who told her she had a miscarriage because of her lifestyle.
I was so angry when I heard this and it made my heart break knowing she was hurting. Because she didn’t know she was pregnant she continued with the pill, this along with her dietary choices and her heavy lifting job were to blame, according to this doctor.
I'm sure many of you have had these thoughts. Why me? What did I do? Was it my fault?
Pubic Pain is something I commonly see in the Physiotherapy clinic during pregnancy and some people find it really hard to describe. My vagina hurts, the bony bit hurts or when I stand on one leg to put my underwear on it really hurts! and I feel like I'm going to fall over.
It can come on early during pregnancy or late, either way it doesn't mean it has to be there for the length of your pregnancy nor does it mean your labour will be more difficult or painful.
Here's a few tips you can use at home to relieve your pain.
Baby in a whaaaat? you might ask! Well yes it's a baby box and a very good one at that!
This is Tuutu Box and I'm so unbelievably grateful to be linked with them. This is an amazing concept and is seriously helping to reduce the risk of SIDS particularly in Finland!
I love that PPF can support, promote and be involved with providing information and special offers to new mums with Tuutu Box.
I had a chat with Susanna one of the founders of Tuutu Box to help you understand the concept a little more.
Pregnancy is one of the most fascinating things for anyone interested in science and the human body. It is amazing how your baby grows just as it is supposed to with everything in its place. Not to mention the female body's ability to be an incubator for this to happen and to deliver a baby. Amazing!
Here are some facts you won't know about your pregnancy!
Wow what happened to my tummy? It looks like it's torn in half and not working.
This is very common after pregnancy, It's called Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA). Where the tummy muscles have stretched and separated during and after pregnancy leaving you feeling weak and flabby. What can you do about it?
DRA: This is where the fascia ( I like to think of it as a piece of glad wrap over the top and in between the muscles holding them all together) and connective tissue between your Rectus Abdominis (6 pack muscles) has stretched and weakened leaving a gap between your muscles.
Some people ask me why should I be doing pelvic floor exercises? Why all the fuss? Why during Pregnancy? Surely I'll be fine.
We have been conditioned to think that a little bit of urine leakage in life is normal. It might happen straight after birth, it might happen a few years after birth or it may not happen at all.
Urinary leakage is common but not normal! Pelvic Floor exercises can help prevent leakage but they do a lot more than just stop urine leaking! And you need to know the facts before you say it's not for me.
There are many labour positions listed below you can choose from, although you may be limited if you have an epidural. You may not be able to move around or you might have equipment attached to you to monitor your baby.
Being upright allows gravity to help your baby push down onto your cervix to help it dilate. Your Pelvic Floor muscles also assist with guiding your baby into the birth canal so it’s in the best position for delivery.
Are you struggling to breastfeed, in pain and really don't know what to do? It's such a common thing for new mums to experience, it's not always easy and doesn't always just work.
I have been lucky enough to connect with Laura Keegan the amazing author of "Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy". I was amazed by how detailed and captivating this book is, with lovely images of all types of women discovering how they can breastfeed without pain. It's an ebook with 170 full image pages and 9 selected video's and definitely worth the read.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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