After giving birth, the pelvic floor muscles are weakened and sometimes damaged. The perineum is one of the most important muscle for women.
The pelvic floor muscles stretch between the pubic bone and the tailbone and cradle your bladder, bowel, and uterus, helping you control your urine, bowel movements, and sexual functioning.
The weakening of those muscles during pregnancy and birth is unavoidable and, if left untreated, can have serious consequences, such as incontinence, prolapsed womb, back pain and reduced sexual functions.
In France, the standard care after giving birth is between 10 to 20 sessions of pelvic floor rehabilitation and abdominal reconditioning.
In the UK, women will only get a postnatal check 6 to 8 weeks after giving birth where they can talk to a GP about problems such as perinatal pain or incontinence. In some cases, The GP might then refer to a specialist, often a physiotherapist or give exercises to do at home. Unfortunately, this is not enough as every women need muscles rehabilitation after giving birth on one level or another.
Most women will bear with postnatal issues, incontinence being the most common, because of the lack of support or solutions as well as not being comfortable raising those issues. Most women believe it is just how it is and how it will stay. It does not have to be this way.
Not only the quality of life is greatly impacted but long term problem could arise if left untreated.
With physiotherapy, women can be treated before, during and after pregnancy, to ensure the best possible health and minimum pain.
An experienced physiotherapist will also be able to advice and guide each woman through every step of pre and post pregnancy and relieve any anxiety.
Mummysphysio is the leading ante&post natal physiotherapy specialist, treating pelvic floor dysfunction, back and pelvic pain as well as circulatory problems. Our physiotherapists will travel to you ensuring complete comfort and discretion in your own home.