New mums often suffer from pelvic floor damage as a result of pregnancy hormones relaxing their pelvic floor - often beyond its ability to rebound.
The weight of the baby causes the pelvic floor muscles further stress, and alongside the damage caused by childbirth, it can lead to pelvic floor disorders developing.
Therefore, all new mums are recommended to incorporate pelvic floor exercises into their recovery.
But what do you do if pelvic floor exercises are not helping?
"Pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises really do work to improve bladder and bowel problems. We see 70% of people solving their problems through pelvic floor exercise alone. But you need to get those exercises right" - Amanda Savage, specialist pelvic floor and women's health Physiotherapist.
Comedian and women’s health physiotherapist, Elaine Miller, is performing her outstanding pelvic floor show, Gusset Grippers. at Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month.
In this video, Stephanie Taylor, Founder and Managing Director at Kegel8, caught up with Elaine between gigs, speaking about the need for pelvic floor education in schools, the #pelvicroar campaign, and top tips for a strong pelvic floor.
In the UK, the pelvic floor is not a topic taught in human biology classes. It is not discussed in great detail when we learn about the muscles of the body, and is not even given a mention when we learn about our periods.
But more research comes out all the time, and we now know just how connected the menstrual cycle and pelvic floor are.
By now, most of us know about the importance of a healthy and strong pelvic floor. But other than your Kegel exercises, how can you guarantee that your pelvic floor muscles will not weaken?
In the sixth instalment of 'The Pelvic Floor', Stephanie Taylor, Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, and physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, talk about the effect of weight gain to your pelvic floor; explaining how your pelvic floor muscles strain underneath pressure, what this leads to, and what you can do to help relieve your suffering muscles.
It’s commonly known that a strong pelvic floor is a healthy pelvic floor, but where’s the limit? It can be possible for the pelvic floor to be over-exercised and become too tight.
In the fifth instalment of 'The Pelvic Floor', physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, talks to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about over-exercising the pelvic floor and the problems that can occur as a result of it being too tight.
You may not realise, but breathing is an essential part of performing your pelvic floor exercises, just as it is for any other form of exercise.
In the fourth instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speaks to Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, about the importance of breathing during your pelvic floor exercises and how to learn to do so.
Celebrity pressure to 'snap back' into shape after having a baby is leading to a rise in pelvic floor disorders.
Physiotherapist and co-founder of PelvicRoar, Emma Brockwell, advises new mums to not do any intensive exercise for at least six months after giving birth.
But do fitness experts know how to cater for this growing audience of new mums wanting their flat tummy back?
Incontinence is an extremely common condition. If you suffer, it’s vital to remember that you are not alone. The pelvic floor has a large impact on the prevention of incontinence, so if your pelvic floor is weakened, you are more likely to suffer with urinary or bowel incontinence.
In this third instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist, Amanda Savage, speaks to Stephanie Taylor, Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, about the relationship between the pelvic floor and incontinence, and how your pelvic floor muscles work to prevent and manage incontinence.
The structure of your pelvic floor in relation to your uterus, bladder and bowel is essential for maintaining bodily functions. A strong pelvic floor will help to hold your pelvic organs in place.
In the second instalment of ‘The Pelvic Floor’, physiotherapist Amanda Savage, and Kegel8 Founder and Managing Director, Stephanie Taylor, discuss the structure of your pelvic organs and muscles, and how they experience damage on a daily basis.