February 19, 2019
I had never heard of a pelvic floor before pregnancy. Luckily I went to a prenatal yoga class during my first pregnancy in order to make some mom friends and discovered the term. I didn’t know why it was important or what pelvic floor injuries were, but at least I had some vague idea of what it was.
So what is a pelvic floor? It’s the group of muscles surrounding your pelvis. You can think of it as a hammock that holds the organs in your abdomen, like your bladder, bowel, and uterus, in place. When you stop peeing mid-stream, these are the muscles you’re using.
You can probably guess now why your pelvic floor is important during pregnancy and after. During pregnancy, there is some (or in my case, a ton of) extra weight on your pelvic floor, which may cause these muscles to become overstretched and weak. And not only that, but it’s very common for these muscles to tear during childbirth.
Luckily, your body is pretty cool and can sometimes heal itself. But sometimes, pelvic floor disorders can develop. Some common PFDs are urinary incontinence (you leak a little pee sometimes), fecal incontinence (you leak a little poo 💩sometimes), and pelvic organ prolapse (when your organs start to fall through the bottom of the hammock). If you’re experiencing any of these issues or you're feeling pain while going to the bathroom or during sex, or things just aren’t feeling right, talk to your doctor or get in touch with a pelvic floor physical therapist.