We love having the opportunity to write guest blogs for other trusted websites. We particularly enjoyed writing this piece “healing your pelvic floor and core after pregnancy” for the NCT website.
What happens to my pelvic floor when I have a baby? Why do I need to exercise it?
Whether you have a caesarean section or vaginal birth, most women experience strain on their pelvic floor when having a baby. Your pelvic floor has been supporting extra weight and pressure throughout your pregnancy and this will have had some effect, regardless of how you give birth. Those who have a vaginal birth may experience further trauma to their pelvic floor during the delivery of the baby as a result of tearing or an episiotomy.
Surgical trauma leads to the build-up of scar tissue which can result in a loss of sensitivity and functionality in the affected area. In the case of pelvic floor trauma, this lack of functionality may lead to bladder incontinence or occasional ‘leaking’ which is experienced by one in three women.
The best way to heal any scar tissue is through circulation – moving around – along with great nutrition and hydration. Even just gentle walking after having a baby can encourage healing and help to restore damage to the pelvic floor caused by childbirth.
Can it be fixed?
Like any other trauma, pelvic floor and abdominal issues caused during pregnancy and birth are injuries that need to be healed. They can be fixed but sit ups, planks and high impact exercises are not the way to achieve this. After having a baby, it is important to restore the stomach muscles and pelvic floor gradually, understanding and connecting the core muscles and ensuring they are functioning before moving onto any kind of strengthening exercises. But before you do this, we recommend speaking with your GP, midwife or health visitor.
Want to read more? You can read the full article on the NCT website.