Antenatal pelvic floor preparation for birth

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can assist with preparing you and your pelvic floor for a vaginal birth. This may assist in the prevention of birth related pelvic floor injury and perineum (the area between the vagina and anus) tears. This typically includes assessment of your pelvic floor strength and flexibility, skin and connective tissue flexibility, and pushing technique. Your physio will then give you exercises to help improve the flexibility and strength of your pelvic floor to help reduce your risk of birth trauma.

General physiotherapy throughout your pregnancy

Physiotherapy can assist with aches and pains including pelvic girdle and back pain, carpal tunnel and varicose veins. This may include therapeutic exercise, braces and support wear, supportive taping, activity modification and manual therapy.

Pregnancy related pelvic floor concerns

Including constipation, pelvic organ prolapse, stress incontinence and vulvar varicosities. Your physiotherapist may recommend pelvic floor strengthening, or prescribe pessaries or support wear to help manage your symptoms.