Pelvic Floor Basics

Let’s Talk Pelvic Floor...

As a personal trainer, a fully qualified pre & post natal coach and a mother of two little rascals (I mean angels, two little angels), I’m here to confess that childbirth had a big impact on the strength of my pelvic floor so don’t be surprised or ashamed if you suffer / have suffered a similar fate.

After an episiotomy during my first labour and a second pregnancy not long after, I noticed that my pelvic floor muscles were left tired, weak and needed some work (as if us new mothers didn’t have enough on our plates already..)

Fortunately, through consistent exercise and strength training I have been able to regain and maintain the strength I had lost but it didn’t happen overnight.

Huge changes occur in the body during and after pregnancy and yet very few women know what to expect or what to consider normal postpartum.

With this in mind, I thought it could be a good idea to write a little about the pelvic floor and shed some light on an important issue that unfortunately often gets overlooked by mainstream media.

So what is it?

The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles and connective tissue that sits inside the pelvis.

Most of us discuss it as being weak or strong, or the effects childbirth can have on it but let's look a little deeper at what the pelvic floor actually does, how best to keep it strong, and what to do when it needs some work.

What is its function?