Methods that help perineum repair and re-education
- Speak to a kinesitherapist, which is a specialist in pelvic floor re-education techniques, so basically a physiotherapist for your perineum! They will assess how well you can control these muscles and then recommend what method is best to build strength
- Electrical stimulation can help during the exercises to stimulate the muscles by creating contractions
- There is also the option of using perineal bio-feedback to assess how much control you have over the perineum
- Kegel exercises can be done before and after pregnancy to keep the muscles in good shape
- Those that want to do abdominal re-education to shed that baby weight, should first do a perineal re-education. Abdominal training can put an extra strain on the perineum. Wait at least three months after birth to do any fitness routine
All new mums should practice pelvic floor exercises before and after birth to help with perineum re-education. You can do these almost anywhere! Contract the muscles as if you were trying not to go to the toilet and hold for 10 seconds before releasing. Repeat this 10 times, 3 times a day!
Watch how and when to do those important pelvic floor muscles, before and after pregnancy.
Find out why these techniques are so important on the next page…