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What is the pelvic floor?

It consists of layers of muscles that stretch like a supportive hammock from your pubic bone to the end of your backbone.

Diagram of the Pelvic Floor muscles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is it important?

Your pelvic floor muscles are at risk of weakening during your pregnancy, due to the added weight bearing down on them from your baby bump. Plus, a vaginal birth can add additional trauma as the muscles stretch, and in some cases tear. This weakness can mean that you leak urine when you sneeze, cough or even laugh too hard – this is known as stress incontinence, and is a common problem for women in pregnancy and postnatally.

Exercising your pelvic floor in pregnancy and once you have had your baby will help strengthen your muscles and help you to reduce, or even avoid getting, stress incontinence.

How to get it right

Watch this really helpful video from our pelvic floor expert, Sarah Dineen from Fit2Drop, to understand how to get the exercises right. The focus is different in pregnancy compared with once you have had your baby.

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