Liz Laverick, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist The Portland Hospital
Q. How important are pelvic floor exercises before and after pregnancy?
A. Daily pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy help to reduce the risk of postnatal urinary incontinence and can aid labour and vaginal delivery. Normal pelvic floor strength helps to resist pressure from the baby’s head and also assists the head rotation in the first stage of labour. A strong pelvic floor also provides core stability to pelvic joints, helping to avoid Pelvic Girdle Pain. Practising exercises correctly in pregnancy helps the mind and body to remember after delivery, promotes healing (even after caesarean) and assists the return to normal function, so should be continued several times daily for 6 months. Exercises can be done in any position and should be continued through daily life.
For further information or to book an appointment please contact the Physiotherapy department on 0207 390 6553