Pelvic floor therapy after giving birth

Exercise

Giving birth is a tremendous effort for a woman’s body. It may take a lot of work to return your body to its pre-labour state. Physiotherapy focused primarily on the pelvic floor area helps many women enjoy their bodies and their sexuality again.

Postpartum conditions to avoid

Giving birth stretches the vagina and pelvic floor muscles. This stretching out may also considerably weaken those muscles – even to the extent that your vagina may start to fall out or you’ll start suffering from urinary incontinence. You may also experience pain during intercourse and tightness and tension in your pelvis which will lead to lower back pain.

All these conditions negatively affect not only your sexual activity after having a baby, but also your general mood and ability to fully enjoy motherhood.

Prevention

Every woman is advised to start exercising Kegel muscles right after giving birth. You should focus not only on tightening the muscles, however, but also on relaxing them. It would be best to visit a physiotherapist who specialises in pelvic floor area and receive an exercise plan tailored to your specific needs.

Also, you shouldn’t lift heavy things at least 6 weeks after giving birth. This includes prams, water-filled baby bathtubs, and heavy grocery bags. Refrain from jumping and intensive running to let your pelvic floor regenerate.

Treatment

If you notice any pain or leak urine when you’re laughing or sneezing, it’s high time for therapy. You won’t have to go to physiotherapy visits too often: nowadays there are pelvic floor exercisers available to let you safely and effectively train at home.

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