Problems Related to Delivery
During a vaginal delivery the pelvic floor muscles are stretched and you may develop a tear in the pelvic floor muscles that requires stitches.
It is important to exercise your pelvic floor muscles if you have had a tear or not.
- It increases blood flow to the area
- Stimulates healing
- Helps to reduce swelling
3rd or 4th degree tears
Significant perineal trauma will have been referred to us by the midwife/consultant and will be reviewed at 6-8 weeks by telephone. A series of questions will determine whether an appointment to see a physiotherapist is required.
Pelvic Floor Exercises
The pelvic floor muscles are at the bottom of your pelvis supporting the pelvic organs.
Pelvic floor muscles are needed to:
- Aid bladder and bowel control
- Help reduce any pelvic pain you may have experienced during your pregnancy
- Help prevent a prolapse of your pelvic organs
- Increase sexual enjoyment for you and your partner.
You can start your pelvic floor exercises as soon as you have had the baby.
If you have a urinary catheter inserted you may want to wait until it is removed and you are passing urine normally before you start the exercises.
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