Optimizing Function During and After Pregnancy
What is the pelvic floor?
What is pelvic health?
Pelvic health is having good mobility, endurance, and patterning of the pelvic floor muscles. Proper coordination of the core provides the foundation for functional movements like squatting to lift your child out of the crib, carrying your child while doing errands, and running with your child, as well as physiological necessities like sneezing, laughing, and sexual function.
What are typical symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and how does this relate to peripartum health?
Typical symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction include incontinence, pain with intercourse, difficulty voiding, back pain, and abnormal pelvic pressure to name a few. These symptoms may be the result of the way your body changes during pregnancy and childbirth, usually from a weak pelvic floor, trunk, and hip muscles; joint hypermobility; or dysfunctional breathing patterns. Physical therapy can help you to understand the pelvic floors connection with the body and can effectively treat the symptoms you may be experiencing.