Leaking urine or incontinence is experienced by many women after giving birth. This can affect women who have had a vaginal or caesarean birth.
Contrary to what many people may think, this is not a problem that you just have to put up with, nor is it a problem that will just go away or get better by itself.
Due to the increased pressures and forces that have been placed on the pelvic floor through pregnancy and childbirth, the pelvic floor muscles can be weakened or damaged. This reduces their ability to maintain adequate control of their bladder and for some people, their bowels. A women’s health physiotherapist can help you assess and treat this issue.
In the rush and excitement of giving birth, you may not remember a physiotherapist in the hospital mentioning the importance of your pelvic floor muscles.
With all the new changes and challenges, and with the primary focus being on the baby, you probably haven’t given a second thought to yourself, let alone your pelvic floor.
Many women think that their GP or obstetrician will automatically assess their pelvic floor at their six week check up. Often this is not the case and many women are left feeling confused about how well their pelvic floor muscles are functioning and an overwhelming sensation of 'is everything alright down there?'.
In reality, your GP and obstetrician may not actually physically examine your pelvic floor at your check up. They have other concerns and areas that they need to focus on.
If you are concerned about your pelvic floor and changes that have occurred since pregnancy and childbirth, a women’s health physiotherapist is the health professional to seek out. A women’s health physiotherapist can perform an examination of your pelvic floor and let you know how well it's functioning and if there is any treatment required.
Returning to exercise after a baby is different for every woman. This depends on a number of factors, such as the strength and integrity of your pelvic floor, the type of delivery you went through, and the type of exercise you want to return to.
The best way to return to exercise after childbirth is to consult with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, who can provide individualised assessment and advice. They can help you to progress your exercise routine in a safe manner that is beneficial for your body.