Exercise and your Pelvic Floor

‘Pelvic floor safe exercising’ is a term that all women need to become familiar with in order to save their pelvic floors! It refers to exercising safely to protect the pelvic floor and internal organs (bladder, uterus and rectum) from undue stress and pressure which can cause prolapse and incontinence problems.

Exercise and your Pelvic Floor

Exercise and your Pelvic Floor

It is such an important concept to embrace when exercising following childbirth and especially when you have had any gynaecological repair surgery and even following a hysterectomy.

Michelle Kenway, the author of an excellent book Inside Out, (available to purchase for $20 from my site) coined this phrase ‘pelvic floor safe exercising’ a number of years ago and it is important to understand that many instructors are still not aware of the dangers of certain exercises for women following childbirth particularly.

The term means that when exercising you must protect your pelvic floor by only doing safe abdominal exercises (which are covered in my books) and avoiding sit-ups, curl-ups, crunches, double leg lifts, full planks and lifting excessively heavy weights. One of the biggest sources of referrals to me is when women have developed some type of prolapse after joining a gym, some Pilates programmes or yoga run by instructors who are not aware of the vulnerability of some women to the effect of increased intra-abdominal pressure on a weakened pelvic floor following childbirth (vaginal delivery) or surgery, either gynaecological repair surgery or even simply a hysterectomy. All of these types of exercise have excellent elements to them—but must be carefully modified to incorporate ‘pelvic floor safe’ concepts.