When new moms and dads come home with baby the focus is all on their new bundle of joy. What many parents don’t realize is that the post-partum period is the perfect time to check in with their own bodies to heal properly and develop new habits to strengthen your body. After all the loads you carry will only get heavier and baby grows. Pick up your baby and all her stuff to strengthening your back. Learn how to brace and protect your pelvic floor to prevent incontinence and prolapse. Prevent scar tissue adhesions, pelvic pain, and return to sex with ease.
You may or may not have heard of Kegels, the pelvic floor muscle exercise made famous by gynecologist Dr. Arnold Kegel to reduce leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, and assist in pregnancy. Your pelvic floor muscles act during orgasm, hold in your pelvic organs, stabilize your pelvis and back, relax during toileting, sex, and childbirth, and keep you from leaking at all other times. There is some controversy over whether people should perform Kegels. Today, we will clear up some misconceptions!
This past Monday, Physical Therapist Mags Matthews of Alive Physical Therapy taught a community education event at The Nest, entitled Prenatal Perspectives. In this class, moms-to-be and their partners learned simple exercises to keep their bodies injury-free before, during, and after pregnancy.
The class focused on two muscle groups: the pelvic floor and the deep core.
The pelvic floor serves many functions, including controlling bowel movements and urination. Through easy-to-grasp explanations, Mags taught the class how to engage these muscles. We learned of problems that can occur both from the pelvic floor being too weak (pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence) and too tight (pain from nerve pinching, muscle knots).