Recently had a baby?
Pelvic floor muscles take time to get back to their usual state after the birth. In fact the effects of the hormone ‘relaxin' can last up to 6 months in some women after the birth.
Some women are more at risk of pelvic floor problems during pregnancy and childbirth than others. These include women who have had:
instrumental births (using forceps or ventouse)
severe perineal tearing, or
large babies (over 4Kg).
If you have recently had a baby, it is important to reduce the strain on your pelvic floor muscles (especially in the first few months) to help them to recover. Some easy ways to do this include:
easing back into exercise, and making sure your exercise program is pelvic floor safe
not lifting unless absolutely necessary, and
bracing before you lift, sneeze or cough.
It is also important to look out for common signs of a pelvic floor problem, which may include:
accidentally leaking urine when you exercise, laugh, cough or sneeze
finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
accidentally losing control of your bladder or bowel
accidentally passing wind, or
a prolapse (this may be felt as a bulge in the vagina or a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging or dropping).
Pelvic floor muscle exercises are important during pregnancy and childbirth. They are also important after you have a baby and you should always take special care of these muscles.
Our Holistic Core & Restore Programmes are designed specifically to help you exercise and follow a healthy eating plan to restore your Pelvic Floor and tone up your core at the same time!