What are Pelvic Floor Muscles? | Mummahood

If you’re thinking that the way your body is growing and adapting to your baby is incredible. You’re absolutely right! The female body has been designed perfectly to create, and then house, a baby for a full 9 months. You were literally born to do this.

That doesn’t mean that you don’t need to keep yourself fit and strong though, in order to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible. And one of the areas that you really need to focus on, is the pelvic floor.

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments that run across the base of your pelvis from the pubic bone to the back of your spine.

The pelvic floor has a number of functions, these include:
• Supporting your internal organs (including your bladder, intestines, and uterus)
• Maintaining bladder and bowel control
• Supporting the spine
• Helping you to enjoy sex more

During pregnancy it’s vital that you exercise your pelvic floor, daily. And this is because a strong pelvic floor will:
• Help prevent constipation and piles
• Help support the weight of the baby
• Help rotate the baby’s head into the position it needs to be in for birthing

If you’ve been working those muscles effectively, post birth you’re also:
• Less likely to leak wee after giving birth
• Less likely to get vaginal prolapse (your pelvic organs pushing out into the vagina)
• Likely to experience better post baby sex

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