Healing Your Pelvic Floor And Core. A MUTU article for the NCT

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We love having the opportunity to write guest blogs for other trusted websites. We particularly enjoyed writing this article “Healing your pelvic floor and core after pregnancy” for the National Childbirth Trust (NCT).

“What happens to my pelvic floor when I have a baby? Why do I need to exercise it?”

This was one of the first questions asked from NCT members.

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 on to any kind of strengthening exercises. But before you do this, we recommend speaking with your GP, midwife, or Health Visitor.

You can read the full MUTU article for the NCT HERE on their website.

Wendy Powell
Wendy Powell
Wendy Powell, Dip PT is Founder and CEO of MUTU System. Wendy is a highly certified postpartum specialist and master trainer, as well as a speaker, Femtech entrepreneur and mentor.

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