Updated March 2019
So here you are 5 months postpartum and I have a question for you:
How is everything below decks?
Pelvic floor dysfunction affects nearly 50% of women after childbirth — and now is a great time to start talking about it.
Pelvic floor problems include the following:
- urinary incontinence (most common!), either “stress incontinence” (while jogging, sneezing, etc.) or “urge incontinence” (you can’t “hold it” very well) – or both!
- fecal incontinence (usually following a level 3 or 4 tear)
- pelvic organ prolapse
- chronic pain
- diastasis recti (abdominal separation)
- pain during sex (or sex is different — and not in a good way)
- sensory and emptying abnormalities of the bladder or urinary tract
We interviewed my favorite pelvic therapist on the topic of rehabilitation of common postpartum pelvic floor problems. If you can’t watch the video, you can read the transcript.
Remember: don’t neglect your pelvic floor. Enjoy!
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