Use these images below to get started on your pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy. If you know how to activate them during pregnancy it can help prepare you for labour and make it easier to strengthen them after birth.
Wow what happened to my stomach? It looks like it's split in half and not working. I feel bulging coming out when I stand up, it's flabby and it feels so weak! I feel horrible.
Does this sound like you?
It's very common after pregnancy, It's called Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) or abdominal separation. Where the tummy muscles have stretched and the fascia has separated leaving you feeling weak and flabby.
Here's what you can you do about it!
You've been waiting for the number 1 Kegel exercise to get your Kegel muscles working. Here it is.
Easy, quick, you can do it anywhere and very effective at turning your muscles on.
Do you think your pelvic floor muscles are as important as everyone says they are?
Really think about that! Do you even know what they do?
Rebecca Barr has recently joined our team at Perfect Pelvic Floor as our guest blogger. She has been a Physiotherapist for over 10 years with years of experience in pelvic floor retraining and incontinence. Here is her beautiful birth story and I just love her beautiful baby girls name Emmison.
After seeing those two lines appear, I knew I had to do another test just to make sure. This time the digital pregnancy stick which told me I was 1 - 2 weeks pregnant!
When talking about your pelvic floor muscles what are the essentials you need to know?
These small and sometimes seemingly insignificant muscles do a whole lot that you probably don't even know about and wouldn't even realise.
Reality is you can thank these muscles for pleasure and avoiding embarrassment!
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 body at risk.
Read on for 5 easy things to do:
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:
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.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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