How Does Pregnancy Affect The Pelvic Floor?
During pregnancy, the weight of the baby is fully deposited on the pelvic floor. For 9 consecutive months, the pelvic floor muscle is continuously absorbing and supporting the increasing weight of the growing baby.
Pregnancy is extremely strenuous on the pelvic floor, and it is also the main reason behind the start of many women experiencing mild incontinence as well as decreased quality of their sexual experience, from as early as during pregnancy to later in life.
Without deliberate pelvic training, the pelvic floor muscle is unable to return to be the same as it was before pregnancy. You may imagine an overstretched rubber band for perspective. Unlike an overstretched rubber band, our pelvic floor muscle is capable of being toned and strengthened again via pelvic floor exercise.
Most often, people will also ask – in this case, is there any difference between natural delivery and C-section delivery? Find out how they affect our pelvic floor in the articles below: