Pelvic floor strength is crucial during pregnancy, particularly to prevent issues such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In addition, common conditions such as pelvic girdle pain, SIJ pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction (SPD), vulval varicosities, wrist pain, rib pain and pelvic floor weakness can also occur.
When you attend a Pre-natal Physiotherapy Assessment, you will be asked a series of questions about your bladder health, bowel health, sexual health, past medical conditions, gynaecological history, pelvic floor symptoms and any other concerns you may have. This will help Sarah guide you safely through your pregnancy.
We can also assess the integrity and strength of your pelvic floor via an internal vaginal examination. This is important to get your baseline strength so when you are postnatal, we know exactly what needs to be done to restore your pelvic health.
If you chose not to have an internal vaginal examination, there are many other ways Sarah can assess your core and pelvic floor so you feel most at ease.