Pre-Natal Physio - Part 1: Pelvic Floor Muscle Training
We now have excellent evidence that all women should be doing pelvic floor muscle training during pregnancy (see references below) to decrease the risk of severe perineal tears and shorten the second stage of labour, thus improving birth outcomes with less post-natal pelvic floor dysfunction.
The evidence is irrefutable now but what programme do you need to be doing?
This is the golden question as no two pelvic floors are the same. They vary as much as our faces vary. Some are long and weak, some are short and tight and there's every variation in between. So, whilst kegels are a generic place to start, they aren't necessarily appropriate for you, and since pelvic floor exercises are really not very exciting to do, why waste your time doing something that may not be appropriate, and may, if your pelvic floor muscles are already tight, make it even harder to give birth?
The best solution to this conundrum is to have an assessment with a Pelvic Health Physio early in your second trimester, to ascertain what you personally need from a programme. We can then tailor your exercises to your specific needs and keep the time spent doing the exercises to a minimum with maximum benefit.
There are 3 more parts to this series to follow on with other aspects of Pre-Natal Physio, so stay tuned to learn more!
As ever, if you have any questions, please get in touch, we're always happy to help.
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