PELVIC FLOOR AND PREGNANCY

Your pelvic floor muscles are a sling of muscles which rest at the base of your pelvis. These muscles play a vital role in sexual function, lower back support, bladder and bowel continence, and pelvic organ support enabling your organs to stay resting high within your pelvic cavity.

Unfortunately, the pregnancy and birth of your baby can place a great deal of strain on your pelvic floor muscles. This strain can present as difficulties holding your urine inside when you sneeze or cough, racing to the toilet to empty your bladder, increased frequency of urination, or the development of pain and/or heaviness felt at the vaginal entrance. For this reason, at IvoryRose Physiotherapy, we encourage all women who are expecting a baby, to have a pelvic floor muscle assessment at some stage during their second or third trimester of pregnancy.