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As an expecting mother or new mother, there are various changes that occur to our body throughout pregnancy. The most obvious is the growth of our stomach and abdomen area to accommodate the new bub while it is growing and developing inside of us. Unfortunately for us females this means we sacrifice our abdominal core muscles (stomach) and we get abdominal separation or weak pelvic floor. Sometimes this can lead to low sensation, hyperactivation, weakness or incontinence.
Not many people like discussing this topic or feel a little embarrassed to ask the questions. Don’t worry, we get it. So I am here to answer a few of the most commonly asked questions I get asked in the clinic.
HOW TO PREVENT INCONTINENCE
Whether it’s baby number one or three, us females go through a lot with pregnancy. There is a lot going on with the excitement (or nervousness) and all the overwhelming feelings we get when we are expecting. Incontinence may be viewed as a “normal” part of pregnancy and post-partum experience; however, it doesn’t have to be.
I get asked all the time “How can I prevent incontinence while pregnant or after birth?”
The answer is simple. Before falling pregnant we can keep up with our pelvic floor exercises to ensure they are strong and engaging at the correct time (an important factor when it comes to the pelvic floor) and prepared for the pressure and work they will be required to do. If we are already pregnant, don’t stress, the same rules and exercises apply.
So, “How do I work my deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles?”
If your struggling to get these muscles activated or have been doing these exercises already and ready for more a challenge and a progression, come down to Exercise for Life in Bedford where us fully qualified and accredited Exercise Physiologists can tailor make an exercise prescription specifically for you and your needs to make every day more comfortable and allow you to be more in control of your body.