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Pelvic physiotherapy in pregnancy and beyond

What is a pelvic physiotherapist? We are normal physios with extra training and experience in treating the muscles, nerves, skin, bones and joints of the pelvis. As part of our extra training, we learn about the bladder, bowels, uterus, periods, women’s sexual function and the changes to all of these during pregnancy and the postpartum period.

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Post birth information

Soft tissues take about 6–12 weeks to heal, so even if you’re feeling amazing, these guidelines aim to support healing on the inside. Every day you’ll get a little bit stronger, which is why the guidelines progress over the weeks. Any concerns – bleeding or lasting heaviness – please ring your midwife/child health nurse or doctor’s office.

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Better Bowels

Giving your bowels a predictable routine helps them to move regularly. We've give you some tips to keep your gut moving if you have been having difficulties having a poo.

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Avoiding lifting and straining

If you think about your day, there's a lot you might not be able to change, but adjusting just 30% of your tasks to avoid lifting and straining for just 4–6 weeks can make a huge difference. You need to re-think any lifting you do – that includes even normal or routine things. Ask yourself: Does it have to be done now? Can someone else do it? Can it be modified to avoid lifting or straining?

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Relaxed Breathing

Deep, controlled breathing calms the nervous system, stretches and relaxes tight tummy muscles, allows the bowels to work better and reassures the brain that you're safe. It's an important part of training your body to respond in a new way.

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Pelvic Stretches

These stretches target all the muscles that surround the pelvis and pelvic floor, which often add tension to the area. The exercises compress and release your tummy, encouraging deep breathing. All of these factors work to improve digestion, sleep and down-regulation.

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I’ve been told I have a prolapse – what can I do?

Technically, a prolapse is a descent of the organs of the pelvis (bladder/bowel/uterus or vault if you have had a hysterectomy) into the walls of the vagina. This can give you symptoms of a bulge, heaviness, ache or dragging sensation at the end of the day. It can also feel like there is an obstruction inside the vagina.

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Should I consider using TENS when I'm in labour?

Yes! A TENS machine is a safe, drug-free way to manage labour pain that keeps you entirely in control and able to move around.

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