Pregnancy may be the first time you have ever heard of the pelvic floor. The truth is it’s always been there, you didn’t spontaneously grow one when the egg was fertilised.
But what is the pelvic floor and why is it so important?
A pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sit like a bowl in your pelvis. The purpose of these muscles is to support your pelvic organs from underneath, keep you in control of your bladder and bowels, and also play an important role in sexual pleasure. The reason these muscles become especially important in pregnancy is that your pelvic floor is having to work harder than ever before. That uterus with a placenta, amniotic fluid and baby inside is not light.
So how would you know if you have a weak pelvic floor?
A weak pelvic floor can present in 2 main ways, it’s either lazy or it’s super tight. A lazy pelvic floor will be a thin muscle with no oomph. This means the muscle doesn’t have the strength to give any support or control. You may find you have to rush to the toilet or you leak when you sneeze. Maybe you start getting a heavy, dragging sensation down below at the end of the day.
A super tight pelvic floor will be a thick rigid muscle, trying so hard to keep up but without the strength to do it. Telling signs can be constipation or feeling like you aren’t fully emptying after going for a wee or poo. You may be getting pelvic or low back pain because of the constant tension in the muscle.
That’s great, but what can I do about it?
The aim is to get trampoline-like pelvic floor muscles, that is as strong as The Rock’s biceps but as flexible as a toddler’s hips. To achieve this we need to do pelvic floor muscle training. We can train this muscle just like any other muscle in the body.
A Pregnancy MOT provides a detailed assessment to see how your body is adapting to pregnancy. A treatment plan tailored to your needs can then be made to get you fit for birth. If you would like to book in then please get in touch.