Postpartum is forever, no matter if your child is three weeks old or 30 years old.
During pregnancy our bodies go through huge changes, and for some it’s when problems with muscles, posture and leaking may arise. The impact of pregnancy on the pelvic floor is present whether you’ve had a C-section or vaginal delivery.
When symptoms like incontinence, pelvic pain, low back pain or pelvic organ prolapse appear during pregnancy or after giving birth, most women think and are sometimes even told it is normal and part of being a mom. FALSE!
Much can be done to help. You are not alone!
See a pelvic health physiotherapist after delivery if you have:
- Scarring from C-section, tearing or episiotomy
- Leaking urine, gas or stool when you cough, sneeze, exercise, etc., Or, not making it to the bathroom in time
- Problems emptying your bladder or bowel completely or frequently
- Pain with intercourse
- Pressure, heaviness or bulging in your vagina or rectum
- Ongoing pain in your vagina, rectum, pelvis, pubic bone, abdomen or low back
- Bulging or tenting of your abdomen during any exercise (diastasis recti)
- Questions about returning to safe and effective postpartum exercise (some exercises can make your symptoms worse)
“Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.”
— Maureen Hawkins