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 body, to the base of your spine at the back. The pelvic floor is sometimes compared to a trampoline, as it can stretch in response to weight, and bounce up again. Unlike a trampoline, however, if it bears weight for a long time, as it does during pregnancy, the muscles or tissues can become overstretched and weak. This occurs as early as 12 weeks into your pregnancy. If you do your pelvic floor exercises correctly and often, it can help to protect you while you’re pregnant and after your baby is born. It will also help to prevent a prolapse and/or leakage. If you have not been shown how to do pelvic floor exercises, see your Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
Marita Dowsett, B.P.T.