Question No. 1 –– What all does pelvic floor health entail?
- Bowel function
- Bladder function
- Sexual function
Just because it’s common doesn’t mean it has to be normal.
Question No. 2 –– Our community includes a lot of expecting and new moms. What can they be doing proactively to promote pelvic floor health?
- Learn about common signs and symptoms and the overall pelvic function.
- Talk to your provider to make sure you get an appropriate referral for physical therapy.
- Be intentional with your breathing patterns when pregnant and postpartum because they help protect your pelvic floor.
- Watch your posture.
Question No. 3 –– What signs or symptoms, especially postpartum, might suggest a need for pelvic floor therapy?
- Rest the first few weeks but if any symptoms last longer than six weeks contact your doctor.
- A bulge you can feel or see in the vaginal area may be a sign of prolapse.
- Feeling wobbly or “off” balance.
- If you’re hoping to get back into high intensity workouts or activities.
Question No. 4 –– What would you tell new moms who aren't sure where to start when it comes to pelvic health?
- Bring up your concerns to your provider.
- Expectful app offers resources for group Q+A and 1:1 sessions.