My pelvic floor during pregnancy
We often learn about our pelvic floor during our first pregnancy. We discover the importance of those muscles usually while laughing, sneezing, or coughing. A few drops of urine end up in your panty and that’s when you ask yourself “how to keep a strong pelvic floor during the next months?” No worries, at Fizimed, we have a solution!
Your pelvic floor is your ally
You should always take care of your pelvic floor. Your pelvic floor needs to be on point to support your baby’s weight for 9 months. Furthermore, your pelvic floor is exposed to a lot of stress during birth.
So, if we summarize, baby’s weight + delivery = exhausted pelvic floor!
Of course we are all different and some may feel like their pelvic floor didn’t suffer that much during pregnancy. Nevertheless you should take time to strengthen your pelvic floor after pregnancy!
The role of your pelvic floor before pregnancy
You are doing everything to be pregnant and you wish to benefit of this period to take care of your pelvic floor? You can strengthen your pelvic floor before pregnancy with the Emy Kegel trainer. The device (chargeable in its case) will enable you to train it at home thanks to an entertaining app. If you don’t know how to contract it, we encourage you to meet a physiotherapist or a midwife who will explain to you in only a few sessions how to correctly contract your pelvic floor.
And you can also check this article which indicates other techniques to strengthen your pelvic floor daily!
If you already suffer from a loss of bladder control, try to identify the causes to anticipate it. You don’t know which type of incontinence you suffer from? Read this article which tells you everything you have to know.
Kegel exercises for your pelvic floor
We do not recommend using Emy while being pregnant, but it doesn’t mean you should leave your pelvic floor alone!
The free app Emy
You may not know it yet, but Emy is also a free app (available on Google Play and App store) that helps you do pelvic floor exercises with or without the device. Without the trainer, you can train and tone up your pelvic floor thanks to several contraction and release exercises which enables you to work out your pelvic floor at your own pace.
Furthermore, the app has plenty of scientific and educative content that make you understand better your pelvic floor and urinary incontinence. You can also access many tips and advice written by health professionals, specialized in pelvic floor therapy for even more effective training.
Kegel or De Gasquet exercises
Targeted pelvic floor exercises aim to avoid inconveniences during pregnancy. The Emy trainer’s exercises are inspired by the Kegel method which is a reference in terms of pelvic floor therapy. This method is very specific and taught after giving birth.
The De Casquet method is more recent. It is a personalized therapy method used in prenatal yoga sessions. The De Gasquet method adapts to the morphology and capacity of movement.
Your pelvic floor just before giving birth
Prepare your pelvic floor with massages
First, finding your pelvic floor is not always easy. With regard to birth, it is recommended to relax your pelvic floor. Indeed, the pelvic floor must be loose and able to stretch to facilitate the baby’s way out. This is how you reduce the risk of injuries. Massages make your pelvic floor less fragile on the day of your delivery.
Pelvic floor massage should be done from the 36th week of pregnancy onwards, 3 to 5 minutes every day. You can use a specific oil.
In case of early contractions or pelvic pain, we recommend talking with your health professional who follows your pregnancy.
There are other methods that you can try according to your wishes like acupuncture, squatting techniques… do not hesitate to talk about it with health professionals that you meet along the last weeks before giving birth.
Now, we can only wish you an unforgettable (it will be!) and relaxed delivery!
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