Postnatal Health



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July 27, 2023

Postpartum Recovery

During pregnancy, women are told the importance of strengthening their pelvic floor — the diamond-shaped group of muscles that run from your pubic bone to your tailbone and from sit bone to sit bone — for labor and delivery. But, focusing on building up these muscles after birth is just as essential to postpartum recovery. That’s because your pelvic floor muscles not only play a large role in preventing incontinence (they create a hammock under your rectum, bladder and uterus) but also in breathing, improving sexual function and blood flow, and creating a stable lower back, core and hips. When you engage the transverse abdominal muscle, the pelvic floor muscles engage too, so they're considered part of the core. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles (for example, with Kegel exercises, where you contract the muscles that you use to stop the flow of urine)

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