Childbirth is no small feat and whether your baby is born vaginally or via caesarian section, it can weaken the pelvic floor the abdominal wall. So, why does this matter?
Well, the pelvic floor is a set of muscles that support the pelvic organs, the bladder and the bowel and aid urinary control, continence and orgasm. Around 50% of women suffer some sort of pelvic prolapse after birth and it can take around 6 years on average to find the right support. No woman should have to suffer this kind of dysfunction and we’re determined to make change happen
We’ll help you to find a women’s health physiotherapist to ensure you get an assessment and a rehabilitation programme to build your strength back.
Peeing when sneezing, running or when having a bounce on the trampoline is not a ‘side effect’ of motherhood that we need to accept.
In most cases there are ways to build back pelvic floor and core abdominal strength after birth and indeed ways to keep strong during pregnancy. Post pregnancy and birth many issues can arise including pelvic floor weakening, bladder and bowel incontinence, perineal pain, diastasis recti (separation of the tummy muscles) and sexual dysfunction.
Finding a good Women’s Health Physiotherapist during and or after pregnancy can be worth it’s weight in gold, both resolving and preventing further issues down the line.
Experiencing bladder incontinence during pregnancy and post birth can be at the very least a massive inconvenience and at worst can leave a massive dent in your confidence. As mothers we are assured that doing our kegels will be the fix-all solution to regain pelvic floor strength, yet more often than not, we’re not sure exactly how to do them and there is very little if anything in the way of routine assessment or rehabilitation.
As initial assessment involves an internal and external examination to check the pelvic floor, stomach muscles and posture before a treatment plan is drawn up. It is recommended that women have an assessment at around 6-8 weeks after birth, but it is possible to seek help years later.
At The Nest Club, we work with pelvic, obstetric and gynaelogical physiotherapists all of whom are registered with POGP and have worked in the NHS as well as in private practise.