What No-one Tells You About Birth and Your Pelvic Floor

Birth Simple Right?

After all, it’s shelling peas, women in Africa do it alone all the time. We’ve all heard the old fashioned patter. Usually said by people who haven’t given birth. Sometimes birth isn’t simple and it leaves you with a knackered pelvic floor. Jumping? Forget it. This is what they don’t tell you about your pelvic floor.

Ante-Natal

Pelvic floor exercises aren’t just for after birth. Do them before! I had no idea how important they were. In fact when pregnant with my first I had no idea about anything to do with my pelvic floor.

Post-Natal

A pretty disasterous tear and my pelvic floor is knackered. I’m the one in circuits ducking out of doing jumping jacks! But a modified burpee is awesome and much easier lol. Nobody talks about pelvic health. It’s almost like we’re too ashamed. If I put my biologist head on, the human body’s biggest weakness is birth and standing upright. All that gravity isn’t kind, particularly to us women.

I bet you heard that urinary incontinence is “expected”. After all we’ve all heard of Tena Lady. But what about bowel incontinence? Or is that a huge shock? A vaginal birth can result in damage to your anal sphincter. I certainly never heard of that in my ante-Natal classes – did you?

Do you know what to do if you don’t return to normal?

Women’s Health Physio

Go see them! Seriously no-one likes being examined or the dilemma of where you crumple up your clothes – on the bed or on the floor? They have a whole range of treatment options to get your pelvic floor back to strength.

Women’s health physio can help to reduce incontinence symptoms!

If you’re have just had a baby, or maybe you delivered years ago. Don’t struggle in silence with any incontinence. Visit your GP and get some advice. Pelvic health is important.

I swear by the Squeezy app. You can download it from the App Store and the Google Store. It is backed by the NHS and times the exercises so you do them correctly.