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C-section birth and pelvic floor exercises

Was your baby born by c-section? Do you still need to think about your pelvic floor? The answer is YES and here’s why. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pregnancy itself is a huge strain on the pelvic floor, your baby uses the pelvic floor as a cushion, trampoline, punch bag for the duration of their residence. Your pelvic floor is hugely affected by your posture and breathing habits, so issues such as prolapse and incontinence are just as likely to happen if you don’t take steps to manage your core strength. If there’s an imbalance in your core strength, your floor will take that impact.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some Mums I know often talk about the “overhang” - while no workout can “target it”, pelvic floor rehab and abdominal massage can help to tone the area. But it may be your friendly companion for life, and this is ok. You had major surgery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ EVERYONE needs to look after their pelvic floor health in the longer term, women AND men. Tune into your habitual posture when you’re sitting, how you lift your baby, your technique when you’re exercising. All of these add up over the years. But with conscious attention, you can prevent and manage a lot of the things we have always assumed were an inevitable part of ageing where pelvic floors are concerned. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Abdominal massage is such an important tool for postnatal healing and pelvic floor function. Releasing stuck tension, hydrating connective tissue, clearing the pathway for pelvic floor-diaphragm synchronicity. It can aslo help post caesarean by preventing scar tissue build up, but helpful after all birth experiences for getting your core firing again. It also fosters a sense of tactile compassion towards yourself as well, which is often missing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Try to view your “postnatal body” as something that invites kindness and attention, not something to “sort out” but something to life in comfortably.

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