Did you realise that one in three women who have ever had a baby wet themselves and that only 50% of women can perform a correct pelvic floor contraction?
Understanding how your Pelvic Floor works when losing your pregnancy weight and losing stomach fat is very important. The pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs – the bladder, the bowel and the uterus. These muscles stretch from your tailbone to the pubic bone so they are a big layer of muscle which supports the organs that lie on top of them. The pelvic floor muscles also work in tandem with the abdominal and back muscles to stabilise the spine so they are crucial in preventing incontinence, in increasing core control and in losing stomach fat.
When the baby travels through the birth canal, the pelvic floor muscles are also stretched. This can leave the muscles weak and unable to keep the bladder and bowel from leaking. In some very bad cases this cause a prolapse of internal organs.
A WRONG pelvic floor contraction may include:
It is vital to learn to perform pelvic floor exercises correctly so that you can strengthen the muscles rather than using others to compensate.
As with all exercise your specific pelvic floor exercisexercise can be very personalised. Learning how to properly work your pelvic floor is the first step and if you are experiencing pelvic floor weakness it will not just ‘fix itself’ on it’s own
Common signs of a weak pelvic floor may include leaking of urine or faeces, having to get to the toilet quickly, heaviness or a vaginal bulge and lack of sexual sensation.
If you believe you have a pelvic floor weakness certain exercises are worth not doing. High impact exercise like running, jumping or jogging should be stopped until your pelvic floor issue is resolved. Some squatting exercises, heavy lifting and any movement that makes you feel like you are ‘bearing down’ should be avoided until you have sought help from a health professional and remedied the situation.
A general rule I like to follow when exercising is asking ‘can I work my pelvic floor during this exercise and can I release?’ If you can feel a difference between contracting and releasing then you are likely to be fine to continue your exercise. If you feel no difference you may wish to go easy until you have retrained your pelvic floor further.
Every woman and every body is different, as is everyone’s ability to lose weight and if you are unsure of what you are doing it is important that you speak to a qualified health specialist in this area. You should ABSOLUTELY NOT suffer in silence – and although a pelvic floor weakness will not automatically fix itself there are a number of exercises that can be done to help fix the issue.
A big thank you to Jenny Duggard from www.bodybeyondbaby.com.au for this wonderful article written for the Lose Baby Weight mums.
*Please consult your Doctor before starting any exercise regime and always go for your 6 week check up before doing any exercise post birth
**Please note that this site is for information only and should not replace any medical advice from a Doctor