Pelvic Floor

Prevent bladder leakage during & after pregnancy 

If you are experiencing bladder leakage during or after your pregnancy, it’s important to know you’re not alone.

Due to the increasing weight of a growing baby, pregnancy is the first time many women experience a loss of bladder control. And as many as 1 in 3 women accidentally wet themselves after the birth of their baby due to weak pelvic floor muscles. Pregnancy and birth also increase your risk of pelvic organ prolapse without the right management plan.

Prevention is better than the cure when it comes to your pelvic health

If you are pregnant or have just had a baby, now is the time to give your pelvic floor the attention it deserves. But do you know how?

Do you know how to contract & relax your Pelvic Floor muscles?

Many women we see either don’t know how to contract and relax their pelvic floor muscles or they do it incorrectly, which can do more harm than good. This is not their fault. It is simply because they have never been taught how to do Pelvic Floor Exercises (PFE) correctly before.

Many women are getting information on line or following you tube videos on how to perform PFE… BUT, research has shown that only 50% of women are successful after verbal or written instruction and 25% of women are actually making their issues worse!

Risk factors for incontinence after childbirth

  • If this is your first baby
  • If your baby is larger than average remove no. too confusing as it varies across the world and ethnicity.
  • Having a long second stage of labour
  • Having a difficult vaginal birth

The good news is most incontinence issues resolve themselves within about 6 months after the birth of your baby if you perform regular pelvic floor exercises and contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles the right way. This will ensure a return to normal and enjoyable activities (including sex) as quickly as possible without fear and embarrassment of wetting yourself.

How can we help?

We teach you how to contract and relax your pelvic floor muscles correctly through a combination of simple movements and postural awareness techniques.  We also educate you on how to recognise the symptoms of a weakening pelvic floor so you can manage it at home yourself and maintain a healthy pelvic floor for the rest of your life.

What to expect

You will see one of our Physiotherapists who specialises in women’s pelvic health. She will begin by asking you a series of questions about your pelvic floor habits to obtain a detailed history.

This will be followed by an internal vaginal examination to assess the strength of your pelvic floor. She may use ultrasound as part of the assessment to test the activation of your muscles and teach you how to do it correctly.

You will then be given an easy to follow pelvic floor exercise program designed specifically for you. Your exercise plan will take you through your pregnancy and will then be modified for you once you have delivered your baby.

Even if you don’t have any symptoms of a weak pelvic floor now, prevention is best. Contact us to make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation and assessment today.