Watch: physiotherapy and pelvic floor exercises
In the video above you can hear from a patient, physio and midwife about how pelvic floor exercises can maintain muscle strength following pregnancy and birth
Many women who develop continence issues following childbirth are suffering in silence because of embarrassment over the condition.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Royal College of Midwives are launching a joint initiative to prevent and reduce incontinence among women following pregnancy and birth.
In the film above you can learn from a patient, physio and midwife about how pelvic floor exercises can maintain muscle strength following pregnancy and birth.
Download: personal training for the pelvic floor
One of the less obvious consequences of pregnancy and birth is the impact it can have on your pelvic floor muscles.
Throughout pregnancy, your baby is supported in the pelvis by your pelvic floor muscles. During delivery, the same muscles become very stretched, which can then cause many common pelvic floor problems including loss of bladder and/or bowel control, pelvic organ prolapse and reduced sensation or satisfaction during sex.
Exercising the pelvic floor muscles during and after pregnancy can help to protect you from these problems, both in the short and long term.
And the good news is that pelvic floor muscle exercises are easy to perform and can be done anywhere.
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