Pregnancy, Birth and the Effects on your Body

As far as childbirth is concerned, a woman’s body is expected to change during and post pregnancy. This includes muscles, hormones and the shape of the pelvis. Most women are likely to experience change in the size of their vagina, whereby it widens or contract back to its normal size after birth. Your body may also experience loss of bladder control due to weak vaginal muscles or bladder nerves leading to a dropped pelvis floor. Let’s find out more on this topic.

What Entails a Pelvic Floor

A pelvic floor is made up of tissue and muscles that   a woman’s bowel, womb and bladder. The pelvic floor enables a person to control the bowel and bladder.

There is need for pelvic floor exercises as this:

  • Helps women with incontinence issues 
  • Enables the body to cope with the baby’s growing weight
  • Encourages faster healing after birth

Example of Pelvic Floor Exercises

These are such as:

  • Kegels – this is a good example of strengthening your pelvic floor muscles by relaxing and contracting them. Kegels benefits you if you are experiencing leakage during a cough, a sneeze or while walking.
  • Squats – Here is another exercise that may improve your pelvic floor. 
  • Bridge -This is an exercise that activates the pelvic floor and engages the lower back and hip muscles as well. 
  • Tabletop – This is a move that engages the legs and by adding a slit, the exercise activates the pelvic floor, hips and buttocks.
  • Birddog – This is also an interesting exercise that involves the entire body thus making you engage all muscles including the pelvic floor.

Beneficial Abdominal Exercises

It’s important to exercise during pregnancy, it is advisable to consult your doctor before going ahead with the workout. Below are recommendable abdominal exercises.

  • Sitting knee lift – With the help of a stable chair, this exercise will help to improve your abdominal muscles.
  • Standing Pelvic Tilt– This exercise assist to reduce back pain during pregnancy as well as improves your posture.
  • Side lying leg lift – This safe exercise supports both your lower back muscles and buttocks.


Healthy Habits That You Should Consider During Pregnancy

It’s a good idea to keep a check on your health during pregnancy. There are various ways that you should pick up healthy habits. These include:-

  1. Eating nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, foods rich in calcium and whole grains.
  2. Taking a lot of water 
  3. Ensuring that you visit your health practitioner for regular antenatal care
  4. Avoiding smoking and alcohol consumption



Please note that this content is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.

Content intended for educational purposes only, and should not be substituted for medical advice from your doctor

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Last reviewed March 2019

Sources: livescience, continence, parenting.firstcry, healthline

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