I"m looking for some suggestions about strengthening my pelvic floor muscles.
I'm about 6 weeks p/g with #2. Prior to having DS1, I had fantastic bladder control, but now find myself leaking when doing jumping jacks, high impact exercise. I've tried kegels, but they made no difference, and I've been reading a lot lately that squats, not kegels, strengthen the pelvic floor.
My midwife said my abdominals were still separated from my first p/g. Although I've always been very fit and exercised, I have to admit I've always been pretty lazy when it comes to core work/abdominals etc - and I assume that pelvic floor/core strength/posture etc are all inter-related. Coupled with the fact that I have flat feet, so there's generally more strength but also tension in my thighs/quads etc, which also throws my posture out.
The birth of DS1 was a straightforward vaginal birth. My doula and hubs mentioned that each time I pushed, the baby's head emerged but would retreat up the birth canal when the pushing subsided. I'm not sure if this is normal or symptomatic of a weak pelvic floor. The OBGYN on call made some *lovely* disparaging comments along the lines of "That was a strong contraction but you wasted it! It's only going to get harder". Later my chosen OBGYN said the baby's heartbeat was dropping, and I could try a few more pushes, otherwise she would have to use the vaccum extractor. This was enough to motivate me and I was able to push DS1 out. I had some mild tearing which healed very quickly.
- I assume having a stronger pelvic floor will assist the birthing process?
- Also - are there alternatives to pushing when you're told to push? It all felt forced to me - sorry for the crude analogy - but a bit like being told to poop when you don't have the urge.
So...please share your knowledge, resources and ideas....thanks!