Pelvic FloorBlog / By webtraxlab Pelvic floor in pregnancy: everything you need to know and why! Pelvic what???? No, the pelvic floor is not a type of material that is used to restore the house, but a very important part of the woman body, often taboo, or even more often forgotten or underestimated by women. We want to explain why instead it is important to know what it is, how it functions and how to help it work well during pregnancy! The more you know, the more you will be able to protect this very important and complicated part of the body during this important phase. The pelvic “floor” is named for its location at the base of the pelvis. The muscles are often described as a hammock, a parachute or a trampoline and they have the ability to move up and down and although you can’t physically see them, you can consciously control and exercise them, just as we do with our legs, arms or abdominal muscles. It’s good to know that there are different layers of the pelvic floor a superficial layer, which can compress the entrance to the vagina and rectal boweland a deep layer, which supports the pelvic organs(bladder, uterus, intestines). The deepest layer of pelvic floor muscles is found in what is called the pelvic diaphragm. How the pelvic floor muscles work. It is important to note that the pelvic floor and diaphragm move together so there is constant communication between them, to understand better imagine that they move like two synchronized jellyfish: with each inhalation the diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles descend, with each exhalation the diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles rise. They depend on each other to function properly which is why they also need to be aligned correctly and this is where your posture also plays a key role in healthy pelvic floor muscle function. But what does the pelvic floor do? First and foremost, to support the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus and intestines). In fact, the urinary system, the intestines and the reproductive organs are all supported by the ligaments and muscles of the pelvic floor. Without pelvic floor support, the uterus, bladder and bowels would be unstable and could begin to fall, leading to a descent (prolapse) of the pelvic organs. IMPORTANT: During pregnancy, pelvic floor muscles provide support for the baby and help with delivery. The pelvic floor also serves to maintain and control continence (both urinary and rectal). In fact, the pelvic floor muscles wrap around the body’s outflow channels. They tighten tightly to keep urine and feces inside the body, but they can also relax to let the contents out when the time is right. These muscles are important in sexual function and sexual satisfaction because they are active during sex and orgasm. For men, these muscles are important for erectile function and ejaculation. In women, however, tightening the pelvic floor muscles can help increase sexual sensation (sufficient strength of the pelvic floor muscles is necessary for orgasm). Pelvic floor muscles also provide stability to the spine. Because of their attachments to the pelvis and hips, the pelvic floor muscles are an important part of your “core”. Your abdominals, back muscles, pelvic floor muscles, and diaphragm work together to provide stability to your spine and pelvic area. Summary: Imagine that your abdomen is a container in which the pelvic floor is the floor, the diaphragm is the roof, and the abdominals and back are the sides. Your pelvic floor muscles need to be able to activate and relax quickly to handle the stresses of life and daily activities. They stabilize your every movement (jumping, sneezing, coughing, laughing…)! IT’S TIME TO GIVE YOUR PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLES THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE AND RECOGNIZE THEIR FUNDAMENTAL ROLE IN LIVING AN ACTIVE, PAIN-FREE LIFE TO THE FULLEST! Inside Fit Pregnancy Method you will find specific exercises for the gestational period and the postpartum period. The goal is to learn how to activate and relax the pelvic floor correctly, so that it remains elastic and functional during physical activity and daily life.