Part 1 of 5: An excerpt from the eBook
A Pelvic Health Physiotherapist’s Perspective: Prepare Your Pelvic Floor for Birth
by Brittany Klingmann
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Hello, I’m an Orthopaedic and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist.
How many of you have heard that you should have a strong pelvic floor to “push” your baby out? I continue to hear this on a very frequent basis. While it’s important to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong by staying active during your pregnancy, this group of muscles do NOT push your baby out during labor.
It is your uterus that will contract to push the baby down the vaginal canal and out of the pelvic floor, and the pelvic floor muscles actually need to be able to relax and lengthen to let the baby out. While this is a region of the body you may not have a good sense of connection with currently, you do have the ability to develop awareness and control of these muscles!
I truly believe that learning how to connect with and relax your pelvic floor muscles in preparation for birth can help you enter labor with confidence and a new degree of trust in your body.
MPT, Young Kempt Physiotherapy
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