Exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor are important during pregnancy and the postpartum period. This is why it is often suggested to start doing exercises like kegels even before you are pregnant. To understand exactly what a kegel is and its benefits, visit my K is for Kegels blog in the Pregnancy Blog. If you aren’t interested in kegels you should at least consider other options for strengthening your pelvic floor muscles including Pilates and yoga.
After you deliver your baby I highly recommend visiting a pelvic floor physical therapist. Even if you are not having issues with incontinence, pregnancy and birth can wreak havoc on your pelvic floor and it is a good idea to have at least a consult. A pelvic floor therapist is trained to exam the muscles of your pelvic floor and assess any damage. They can help with a wide range of issues such as incontinence, pain with sex, and the inability to pass gas. The therapist will then help customize a physical therapy recovery program based on your specific needs.
Did you visit a pelvic floor therapist after delivering your baby?
Next I will be blogging on the letter L…L is for Lanolin.