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Finding your pelvic floor muscles postpartum is not always easy because the mental connection between the brain and the muscles is weakened after pregnancy and birth. Pregnancy and childbirth cause damage to the muscles and connective tissues in the pelvic floor, making it hard to connect to these muscles mentally.
Finding your pelvic floor muscles again post-childbirth can seem overwhelming if you’ve tried to contact them and been unsuccessful. I remember when I laid down to work on my core and pelvic floor, and I felt like I HAD NO IDEA where those muscles went. Almost like I lost control of them altogether. The whole situation crept me so much that I decided to return to it later…too long later.
The first step to finding your pelvic floor muscles again is simply to stop the urine flow.
I personally had a hard time with this, but it worked to connect my mind back to those muscles. I actually couldn’t stop the flow of urine, but I tried. In trying, I could find those muscles, at least again. I was very uncomfortable with this method because I felt too weak even to do it.
The other method I preferred was to lie down and practice squeezing from my glutes first, pulling everything in.
From there, I progressed into not using my glutes at all. It is hard to activate the pelvic floor muscles without using your glutes to help. I couldn’t do it, so I slowly transitioned from using my glutes once I got stronger. This method was more comfortable for me than stopping the flow of urine because I wasn’t stopping any flowing. I felt a bit discouraged by that, so this method worked better to help me get stronger. I have a video that explains how to do this correctly in my program. It is super important to do your Kegels the right way!! I didn’t know this for the longest time.
You may be able to stop the flow of urine right away and have more luck than I did. I needed physical therapy after my first because I couldn’t relax my pelvic floor well, which is just as important as contracting those muscles. The physical therapist used a machine on my pelvic floor muscles on the outside that could detect a contraction but not a relaxation. Physical therapy is totally awkward, but it is helpful if you can’t find relief and healing.
I developed The Postpartum Cure for those who may not be able to afford physical therapy or can heal themselves with the right exercises. I believe in holistic healing through nutrition, corrective exercises, and physical fitness for postpartum mamas. I studied physical therapy, worked in physical therapy, and saw a physical therapist postpartum. I also was a Pilates instructor, am an extreme nutrition and health enthusiast, and am a mom of three. I know about postpartum healing, the body, and how to nourish the body. No program like this walks you through how to nourish your body for healing, slowly build your pelvic floor and core back, and lose the baby weight without losing your milk. I give you all the information you need to transform your postpartum body. I will also let you know how to know if you need to see a medical doctor. Sometimes some issues need professional medical attention. You can learn more about the program and watch my video, which goes into more detail.
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