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How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Help After Pregnancy


Pregnancy and childbirth are beautiful and transformative experiences, but they can also bring about physical changes and challenges for women, particularly in the pelvic floor muscles. The pelvic floor muscles play a crucial role in supporting the bladder, uterus, and bowels, as well as maintaining continence and sexual function. After pregnancy, many women experience pelvic floor issues such as urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse. Fortunately, pelvic floor physiotherapy offers effective treatments to address these concerns. In this blog post, we will explore how pelvic floor physiotherapy can help women regain strength, function, and confidence after pregnancy.

Understanding Pelvic Floor Changes:

During pregnancy, hormonal changes, increased pressure on the pelvic region, and the stretching of tissues to accommodate the growing baby can weaken the pelvic floor muscles. Additionally, vaginal delivery can further strain these muscles, leading to issues such as:

  1. Urinary Incontinence: Many women experience stress urinary incontinence, which is the unintentional leakage of urine during activities such as coughing, sneezing, or exercising.
  2. Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Weakening of the pelvic floor can result in the descent of pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, causing discomfort and a sensation of pressure in the pelvic area.
  3. Pelvic Pain: Some women may experience pain in the pelvic region, including the lower abdomen, perineum, or during intercourse.

How Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Help:

Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a specialized branch of physiotherapy that focuses on assessing and treating the pelvic floor muscles. Here are some ways it can help after pregnancy:

  1. Assessment and Education: A pelvic floor physiotherapist will assess the strength, flexibility, and coordination of your pelvic floor muscles. They will also provide education about the anatomy of the pelvic floor and teach you how to properly engage and relax these muscles.
  2. Pelvic Floor Muscle Training: Pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegel exercises, are a cornerstone of pelvic floor physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will guide you through targeted exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, helping to improve bladder control and support pelvic organs.
  3. Rehabilitation and Healing: Physiotherapy can aid in the healing process by promoting blood flow, reducing scar tissue, and improving tissue flexibility in the pelvic region. Manual techniques, such as soft tissue massage and trigger point release, may be used to address areas of tightness or discomfort.
  4. Bladder and Bowel Retraining: If you are experiencing difficulties with bladder or bowel control, your physiotherapist can help develop strategies for retraining these functions, including techniques like timed voiding and bladder training.
  5. Core and Postural Exercises: Pelvic floor health is closely linked to core stability and overall posture. A pelvic floor physiotherapist can provide exercises that target the deep core muscles and promote proper alignment, helping to support the pelvic floor and reduce strain.
  6. Lifestyle Modifications: Your physiotherapist may offer guidance on lifestyle changes that can positively impact pelvic floor health. This may include advice on maintaining a healthy weight, optimizing hydration, and adopting proper lifting techniques.


Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a valuable resource for women seeking to regain pelvic floor strength and function after pregnancy. By addressing issues such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain, physiotherapists can improve quality of life, restore confidence, and enhance overall well-being. If you are experiencing pelvic floor concerns following childbirth, don’t hesitate to consult with a qualified pelvic floor physiotherapist at Goodwill Physiotherapy & Massage