Let’s talk about your... pelvic floor. You may hear me talk about lifting your pelvic floor in classes or in videos and wonder to yourself….what the heck is she talking about? Today I will fill you in on what you need to know about your pelvic floor and then make sure you stay tuned for Part 2 - Let’s Talk about Kegels for all you need to know to properly perform pelvic floor contractions/lifts.
The pelvic floor is comprised of the muscles that form a figure eight from the pubic bone to the tailbone. Your pelvic floor supports and wraps around the underside of your bladder, uterus, and rectum. No matter how great of shape you are in, these muscles become weakened and stretched by pregnancy and a vaginal delivery. Some of the fun myriad of issues of a weak pelvic floor include low back pain, pelvic pain, prolapse (where your organs sag due to lack of support), incontinence, and bowel dysfunction.
I know, you may be thinking, “I had a Cesarean section so my pelvic floor is fine.” Well, let me just leave you with a little more info. You should still be concerned about the strength of your pelvic floor if you’ve had a C-section because the weight of baby, especially in the last few months, was held up by your pelvic floor. I’ve also heard from women who have had C-sections and then successful VBACs that they had more issues after their C-Sections due to the irritation of the nerves that connect to the pelvic floor.
Next up on the blog we’ll talk about how strengthen your pelvic floor by performing pelvic floor contractions/lifts, most commonly referred to as a Kegel.
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