FASTER POSTNATAL RECOVERY
What are the impacts of childbirth on the pelvic floor?
What is a pelvic floor rehabilitation?
What can happen without a pelvic floor rehabilitation after childbirth?
The weakening of pelvic floor muscles as a result of childbirth is seen as the cause of symptoms associated with pelvic floor dysfunction. The symptoms include stress urinary incontinence, problems with controlling bowel movement, perineal pain, pelvic pain, and pelvic organ prolapse in the postpartum period or in the later years. In the absence of pelvic floor muscle training, weakness of the involved muscles may last up to a year in most women. This highlights the importance of pelvic floor rehabilitation in postpartum women.
When is it possible to start pelvic floor training after childbirth?
Given the traumatic effects childbirth has towards pelvic floor muscles, pelvic floor muscle training requires proper scheduling, not at the earliest time but after the pelvic organs have satisfactorily recovered. Multiple studies have shown that the best time to start pelvic floor training for urinary incontinence or anal incontinence is at 6 weeks postpartum. Training within 1 month postpartum is not recommended. The training regimen requires commitment not only in regularly sticking with exercise sessions, but also in properly executing each Kegel exercise.
Perifit keeps your pelvic floor strong
Training the pelvic floor with Kegel exercises helps to minimize symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction. Unfortunately, it is difficult to see if you are performing your Kegel exercises properly or if your training is effectively strengthening your pelvic floor. We created Perifit to give you instant feedback about your Kegel exercises while you play games with our sleek app. Perifit tells you exactly how to train your pelvic floor and provides statistics about your progress and strength. Using Perifit will ensure you are contracting your pelvic floor muscles with the correct intensity and duration to maintain pelvic health and prevent future complications.
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