15 Jan Pelvic Healing After Birth
I’ve supported so many pregnant and laboring women with a myriad of different experiences and situations in my 11 years as nurse and yet I still get asked questions I don’t know nearly enough about. The pelvic floor is one of those areas. Yes, I know about kegals; I know about the fact that things may change dramatically in the pelvic region for most women. But is it something that’s talked about a lot? NO! Is it something that most women should feel empowered to discuss and learn more about—MOST DEFINITELY!
Recently, I got a text from a new mom, saying she was shocked at how little bladder control she had. In all honesty, I was a little surprised that she was suffering from repercussions of labor so soon after giving birth. She was less than 24 hours postpartum. And this brought about my next thought: why am I the first provider to educate some clients on the health of their pelvic floor? Why isn’t this talked about in the obstetrician’s office regularly, and throughout the antepartum stage? Do we think we will scare the mother into wanting a cesarean section? Do we believe less is more when it comes to what our patients should understand regarding their body’s changes after childbirth?
Here’s the deal ladies: Our pelvic floor suffers tremendously throughout pregnancy. This means that before we even give birth to our beautiful children, our pelvic floor muscles are already putting in the work. It stabilizes our bodies to sustain the extra weight of a child. We must adjust our bodies to carry life, to carry ourselves, and to function until we birth our children. Then, postpartum, the body needs to heal itself the best it can. But one thing that isn’t mentioned: more often than not, our bodies aren’t the same. The pelvic floor serves many functions—it is the area where “…movement is initiated and is essential to your overall wellbeing” (Roloff, 2019). Having a cesarean section may save you from some, if not all, these pelvic floor issues that often arise from a vaginal delivery. But it is not a guarantee. Your labor, the amount of pressure your baby puts on your body, if you had a singleton (one child) or multiples (twins, triples, etc.), the size of your baby, if you tore during labor—all affect the overall health of your pelvic floor.
Many of you may be wondering: What are signs that my pelvic floor has weakened? Take a moment to read through the list below. You may find you check all the boxes, some, or none. Either way, I promise, you’re not alone.
Signs your pelvic floor is weak:
- Urine leaking (may occur with coughing, laughing, sneezing)
- Urgency to the bathroom and not making it in time
- Feeling like you need to urinate, even if you don’t
- Losing control of your bladder or bowels
- Organ Prolapse in the pelvic region (bladder drops or even the uterus drops—meaning they have prolapsed)
- Pain in the pelvic area
- Pain during sexual intercourse
I know this may be overwhelming to hear. To be frank, when I first learned these signs it sounded like post-menopausal issues. But guess what, they’re not. The reason it’s surprising to read is that it’s all very hush-hush. No one comes out and says, “Nothing feels the same down there since I had my child!” Many women dismiss these issues like they shouldn’t complain about it. They may think this is the ‘new normal’ postpartum and for the rest of their lives. And all too frequently, women feel ashamed to discuss this topic. In all fairness, this isn’t discussed enough throughout a woman’s life and it’s absolutely necessary to have an open discussion with all women of childbearing age.
I’m here to tell you this topic is one I take very seriously. It affects too many people I come into contact with and the fact there are any feelings of shame or embarrassment linked to it breaks my heart. I want my clients to feel comfortable discussing their discomforts with me. I want them to know I come from a place of non-judgment. I am here to support. Along with that, I’m here to give you information on where you can find treatment. There are even non-invasive ways to help your body. Kegals may not be sufficient in some cases due to the trauma your body experienced birthing your child(ren).
I’ve partnered with Liftique Blush. Liftique provides a variety of different services from their company. They cover skincare, skin tightening, non-invasive snap-back lipo, and assistance with the pelvic floor. This company provides guidance for all women who are looking to find more ways to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. Their primary goal is to support, educate and assist women in getting their bodies back. Pelvic floor stability is extremely important for your overall health. Feeling good about your body is a battle we all know too well and sitting in silence, feeling like you can’t ever be yourself again, isn’t fair to you. Yes, we all have a good chuckle when we laugh so hard that we pee our pants, but that’s not a reality you have to live with.
At Liftique Blush, their focus is to ensure you are doing pelvic floor exercises correctly. Many physicians prescribe workout routines to assist in pelvic floor strengthening, but many clients will disclose they don’t know if what they’re doing is making the difference. Many will complain they don’t know if they are doing the exercises correctly. This is extremely frustrating. At Liftique Blush, they work with a non-invasive approach, with a FDA-approved device, called a Leva. This device helps monitor your movements for only a few minutes each day, telling you if you are working the correct muscles to see an impact in your pelvic floor health. This tool is not only incredibly useful, it’s also amazingly easy to do from home. It works with apps on your phone and monitors your progress. Trained professionals at Liftique Blush will continue to monitor your work and discuss how you’re working your pelvic floor muscles to get the best results.
We forget to care for ourselves after we have children. Your pelvic floor matters because you matter! Contact Liftique Blush today and tell them you’re ready for a change.
On January 22nd, Liftique will be hosting The Vagina Dialogues–an open discussion about intimacy, sexuality and vaginal rejuvenation. This event will showcase how Liftique can help and benefit you to reach your goals! Click here to RSVP today!
Roloff, K. (2019, December 10). My pelvic WHAT? Retrieved from http://pelicanhealthclinic.com/pelvic-floor-explained/
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