Having a newborn to care for will take up most of your time, so much that you’ll wonder whatever you used to do with those 24 hours in a day. And although caring for one small person will absorb most of your waking hours, it’s also important that you find some time to care well for yourself.
If you started doing pelvic floor exercises during pregnancy, then continue doing them after your baby is born. Your pelvic floor is precious and needs looking after!
Get into the habit of linking certain activities with doing your pelvic floor exercises. After a couple of weeks, you’ll find you automatically connect common behaviours with pulling up those muscles at the same time.
Just like eating a nutritious diet and staying out of the sun, building your pelvic floor tone will become a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Use these times as a reminder that it’s time to do your pelvic floor lifts:
If you’re struggling to remember, set an alarm for three times a day to remind you. There are also a range of pelvic floor exercise apps which can serve as a great reminder for busy mums. Many apps have additional information on bladder and bowel health as well as pregnancy tips.
You can also set a target to increase the number and frequency of times you do your pelvic floor exercises. Remember, gentle and steady improvements are more realistic than expecting big changes quickly.
Written for Poise by Jane Barry, midwife and child health nurse 03/06/2021
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