Written By Emily V. Galica
In previous issues of Las Vegas Baby Magazine, I have explained the role of your pelvic floor during pregnancy, including movements that activate and strengthen our deep core and pelvic floor muscles. For this issue I wanted to dig a little deeper, and talk about the different roles and functions of the entire perinatal period, most importantly, childbirth.
As a student midwife I’m learning more in depth about the physiological role and functions of the pelvic floor during the second stage of labor. This is actually quite the opposite of what mainstream fitness guidelines have taught women for many years.
This chart below breaks down the deep core and pelvic floor muscle groups. Their functions during each perinatal stage, and movements you can incorporate to help achieve a healthy, balanced pelvic floor for life!
Women know that a strong functioning pelvic floor and core has many benefits. From preconception and even after pregnancy and childbirth. What we are often failing to recognize is that our pelvic floor strength is equal parts activation and release. We’re finding that a lot of women have pelvic floor muscles that are too tight. This can impede pushing during vaginal deliveries, create incontinence, as well as other issues postpartum.
Expecting with Emily