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Effects of Pregnancy on Pelvic Floor & Abdomen

There are certain changes that everyone’s body goes through during pregnancy that affect the Pelvic Floor and Abdomen.  For some the changes will be minimal and for others much more significant.

We go into more detail below about how your Pelvic Floor & Abdomen are affected during Pregnancy.

Changes to the Pelvic Floor

The Pelvic Floor tends to be a muscle that most Women only realise they have once encounter issues such as leakage and strange feelings down below. It is in fact one of the most important muscles in your body acting like a sling helping to hold up your bladder, bowel and uterus. And when pregnant also supporting and holding up your baby. The weight of your baby and increased uterus puts extra weight down on the Pelvic Floor muscle which can become stretched and weaker. This then can lead to unwanted symptoms. There are simple exercises that you can do throughout Pregnancy to help lessen these changes in the Pelvic Floor.

Changes to Abdomen

There are also major changes that happen to your Abdomen during Pregnancy and the increased weight of your baby and uterus on this changed Abdomen can lead to problems such as low back pain, pelvic pain and pain down the back of the leg. Exercises that help build the Deep Core Strength helps to reduce the impact of this increased weight causing these issues.

Symptoms that Can Arise from these Changes in Pregnancy

  • Incontinence – leakage of urine or faeces
  • Feelings of pressure down below
  • Prolapse
  • Lower back pain or Pelvic Pain
  • Pubic Symphysis Pain – pain around pubic area
  • Stretched abdominal muscles and in some cases tears can occur in the muscles
  • Separated abdominal muscles – Diastasis Recti.

Go to next Lesson to learn how our simple Pelvic Floor & Core Exercises can help reduce or prevent these symptoms.

Factors Before & After Pregnancy that can make these Symptoms Worse

Factors that can be present before Pregnancy and during Pregnancy that can cause the changes to be more significant include:

  • Older Age – >35
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Chronic constipation or straining during bowel movements
  • Heavy lifting of weights
  • Chronic coughing issues
  • Advanced abdominal exercises
  • Number of Pregnancies
  • Twin, Triplet or Quad Pregnancies

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