What is the pelvic floor? It is a group of muscles in your pelvis that create a bowl. This deep layer of muscle is called the pelvic diaphragm and these muscles assist with:

  • Holding up the pelvic organs, including the uterus, bladder, and rectum

  • Pressure regulation with breathing and “core” activation
  • Functions such as holding and releasing urine and having bowel movements

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Article by Holly Hernandez, PT, DPT, ATP

Owner of Lotus Rehab - Holistic Physical Therapy

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New Braunfels, Texas

  • Heaviness in pelvis or vagina/pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness
  • Pelvic floor muscle tightness
  • Pain in hips, lower back, pelvis, or legs
  • Belly pooch/abdominal separation/DRA
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Loss of urine/feces (incontinence)
  • Scarring and scar tissue
  • Pain in vagina or vulva

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Common does NOT mean normal. Be sure to let your friends and family know that there is hope for healing these issues!

With pregnancy and delivery comes new hormones, body changes, new experiences, scars, and postural changes. Pregnancy and birth can place increased strain on the pelvic floor muscles, putting it at risk for weakness, tightness, or tearing. This can lead to difficulty with loss of urine, pelvic organ prolapse, and pain. Every woman deserves the resources to prevent and rehabilitate common problems related to pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum healing. In other countries, pelvic floor physical therapy after baby is the norm, as it should be!

Women are at a significantly higher risk of pelvic floor dysfunction than men, and pregnancy can play a large role. Every woman should take the time to heal after birth, and really reconnect with her pelvis, pelvic floor, and her core. We need to change our mindset and remember that just because it is common, does NOT mean it is normal. These changes do not have to be something women just “live with.” There are resources out there for women that can prevent, reverse, and improve symptoms!

A pelvic floor physical therapist can give women the tools necessary to reconnect with their pelvic floor and core during pregnancy and postpartum. They give women the information they need to heal, strengthen their body, and return safely back to the activities they love. When we address these body changes shortly after birth, they can be more quickly rehabilitated, often times reversing symptoms and preventing long-term side effects in the future.

If you are pregnant or already suffering from this condition, I encourage you take steps to prevent these problems or recover. You deserve it!

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