Pelvic Pain (Pelvic Floor) and Pregnancy

Tamarah Nerreter, physiotherapist, discusses Pelvic Pain (Pelvic Floor) and Pregnancy.

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Tamarah Nerreter, physiotherapist, discusses Pelvic Pain (Pelvic Floor) and Pregnancy.
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Featuring Tamarah Nerreter, MPT, CAFC

Pelvic Pain (Pelvic Floor) and Pregnancy Duration: 1 minute, 59 seconds

The pelvic floor is very important both prenatally and postnatally.

There are a number of changes that happen prenatally. Because there's an increase filtration, you get increased urine volumes, and there is decreased smooth muscle tone of your bladder, and then also pressure on the pelvic floor from the baby and from the extra weight that you're carrying.

Now postnatally, dysfunctions can occur in the pelvic floor due to vaginal delivery, either forcep or vacuum delivery, different tears, episiotomy, back labor or an epidural even because of the increased urge to push and not knowing how hard you're pushing.

Now the pelvic floor is a group of muscles that sit in the pelvis in a bowl-like structure. And they support your pelvic organs, they support your bladder, and the urethra, they also support a little bit with the abdomen, the transverse abdominals, so therefore often people can refer to them as your Kegels, and then overall as your core.

The pelvic floor can, under pressure, create some issues. A decrease in stability of the pelvis, incontinence issues both pre and postnatally, and can also create pelvic pain issues for women, both pre and postnatally.

The pelvic floor works with other muscles in the abdomen to create stability, and these also need to be incorporated in any exercise program to help facilitate recovery. Typically, women should be doing pelvic floor exercises, both pre and postnatally, therefore it's important that they go and see their care provider or to address any of the pelvic floor issues that they may be experiencing pre or postnatally.

Presenter: Tamarah Nerreter, Physiotherapist, Surrey, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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