Top Tips To Protect Your Pelvic Floor Postpartum (that aren't Kegels)
A vaginal delivery can be a huge trauma for our pelvic floors.
I won't go into extreme detail about that today, but if you want to learn more about what your pelvic floor is like postpartum, you can watch this video:
During the first few weeks after giving birth, we want to be mindful of and implement strategies for safeguarding our pelvic floors, preventing pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic organ prolapse.
Most mummy blogs only talk about kegels, and while this can be an important aspect of pelvic health, it is so much more than that.
In this blog post I am going to cover 10 things you should do (or not do) in order to protect your pelvic floor postpartum.
1. Protect Your Pelvic Floor: Connect Through Breathing Exercises
The first thing you can do to protect your pelvic floor after having a baby is to CONNECT to the pelvic floor through the breath.
The following tutorial will take you through a diaphragmatic breathing technique that 1) helps you connect to your pelvic floor and 2) helps you identify any tightness in your diaphragm and upper abdominals that might be creating unnecessary pressure down onto your pelvic floor.
2. Keep Weight OFF Your Pelvic Floor Postpartum
Being a mother will require us to be on our feet for much of the day - whether it is rocking a newborn, pushing a stroller, doing housework or looking after other children.
Much of this may be unavoidable, BUT it is important to get weight OFF our feet and OFF our pelvic floor, especially in the early days and weeks.
When standing, or walking, the weight of our pelvic organs will be literally and physically on our pelvic floor. Lying down, our healing pelvic floor no longer has to cope with that load. We allow our pelvic floor to rest.