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What exercises should I do following birth?

Regardless of if you have had a vaginal or caesarian delivery, ALL mums have some degree of pelvic floor (and abdominal) weakness. Therefore exercise need to introduced gradually.

- Avoid any exercise which causes symptoms as this is a sign of pelvic floor weakness. This includes symptoms of leakage, abdominal bulging or vaginal pressure.

- Avoid sit ups, planking and heavy lifting all place increased load on the pelvic floor, therefore it is best to avoid these at first.

- Running should be avoided for at least 3 months. It is best to have a pelvic floor check at this time, prior to starting back at running.

With pelvic floor strengthening, these exercises can be safely and gradually introduced.

A pelvic floor physio can help!

This a a physio that has completed specialised training to help with this condition. They can

- provide a comprehensive assessment including your general health, bladder and bowel health as well as obstetric and gynaecology history

- screen for any risk factors for pelvic floor dysfunction

- provide a vaginal examination to assess the pelvic floor including prolapse

- teach pelvic floor muscle exercise- specific guidance and progression

- manage any avoidable factors such as constipation and strainin0g

- provide bladder and bowel advice to reduce symptoms

- graduated exercise program to help you achieve your fitness goals.

If you would like further advice, please book an appointment with our Pelvic Floor Physio at Better Health. Phone 9518 0722.


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