Why is Pelvic Floor strength so important?

pilates Jun 16, 2021

Think of the pelvic floor as a hammock that holds all of your internal organs in place. In women it also supports the uterus and it’s made up of ligaments, connective tissue and muscle that attaches to the inside of the pelvis.


A weakened pelvic floor can be the cause of all sorts of uncomfortable consequences ranging from leaking when you run, jump or laugh, to pelvic organ prolapse (you’d feel a heaviness or a bearing down sensation in your vagina). A strong pelvic floor on the other hand, is necessary for optimum sexual function.


There are several reasons why the pelvic floor can become weak, but I am just now learning about the impact of collagen and the effect it has not only on keeping the skin firm and fresh, but also on the muscles and keeping them resilient and strong, and that includes the pelvic floor. As we age, the body’s ability to produce and retain collagen diminishes, which is why us older mammas (wink) have to work much harder than the younger mammas to keep our pelvic floors functioning optimally, especially during pregnancy when the uterus becomes much heavier.


There are also so many reasons why we want to prioritize our pelvic health both during and after pregnancy. Besides what i mentioned above, a weak pelvic floor can cause urinary and/or bowel incontinence, disfunctional labor, low back and/or intercourse pain, bladder and/or uterine prolapse, diastasis (commonly known as the ‘mummy tummy’) and therefore lack of confidence.


Besides taking 5 minutes a day to do my Pelvic Floor Workout, here are some other steps you can take to ensure optimal pelvic floor health:


  • Eat plenty of fiber-rich foods to prevent straining during bowel movements
  • Drink plenty of water to maintain a healthy urinary flow
  • Sit less, walk more
  • Get help for a chronic cough


In the next post i’ll be talking about why i no longer teach kegels on their own, so stay tuned and i hope to see you on the mat very soon!


Emma xo


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