Frequently Asked Questions about your Pelvic Floor
What is my pelvic floor?
Your pelvic floor is a broad sling of muscles, ligaments and sheet – like tissues that stretch from your pubic bone at the front of your pelvis to the base of your spine at the back.
Why is my pelvic floor so important?
It is so important as it acts like a ling to hold and support your internal organs such as your bladder, bowels and in women your womb. As you grow older and gravity takes hold, your pelvic floor will stretch and weaken which can result in it being less able to support these vital organs. The most common impact of a weak pelvic floor is sometimes referred to as having a sensitive bladder. In reality this means that you can suffer from levels of incontinence starting from ‘sneezing and wee’ing’ to being unable to leave your home for fear of wetting yourself.
How does pregnancy affect my pelvic floor?
Pregnancy adds an extra layer of stress on your pelvic floor muscles – imagine by the end of your pregnancy you could be carrying approximately 4 kg of baby, 1.5 litres of amniotic fluid and 0.5 kg of placenta, you can see why your poor pelvic floor muscles need help to regain their former pregnancy state.
How will pelvic floor exercises help me?
Pelvic floor exercises will help you to regain strength and stamina to your pelvic floor muscles. By learning how to isolate your pelvic floor and practicing different types of exercise on a daily basis, both during your pregnancy and post birth you will understand better the function of these muscles and how you can keep them strong and healthy for the rest of your life.
Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
It is perfectly safe to exercise during pregnancy as long as you follow some simple guidelines which will be adhered to if you sign up for an exercise class aimed at pregnant or postnatal women. Doing a mat based exercise programme like VAGOGA is the perfect way to keep yourself strong and supple and prepare for the birth of your baby and the early weeks of being a new mum.
When should I start pelvic floor exercises?
It is never too early or indeed too late to start your pelvic floor exercise programme. Whatever your age, in our opinion, your pelvic floor is one of the most vital and unfortunately most neglected muscles in your body. A weak pelvic floor can cause no end of problems during pregnancy, post birth and in later life.