Ok so post birth your nether regions do feel a little different this is true and that may be completely normal, afterall things have been stretched way beyond anything else you've experienced down there right?
However, there are some warning signs which we consider as not normal which need to be checked out. These are known as red flags (waving at you to urge you to take action!)
Remember, you are NOT wasting anyone's time. It is far easier to deal with issues as soon as you suspect something may be wrong than months or years later when your symptoms have worsened and could of been prevented.
Your pelvic floor is precious and should be well cared for like any other part of your body.
Red Flags can include any or all of the following. If you experience any of the following seek help from your local Woman's health Physio. You can either visit your GP and ask for a referral or get in touch with a local private Women's Health Physio (visit my links page if you are local to me).
- Pelvic Pain/Buttock pain - Difficulty with toileting or finishing/not feeling quite empy - Heaviness or dragging down below (can occur after exercise or heavy lifting) - Discomfort/pain with intercourse - Being unable to contract your pelvic floor muscles - Any form of incontinence if it doesn't improve in the weeks post birth (when sneezing, laughing, running, coughing) get it checked out!
Occasionally there can be no symptoms at all with some pelvic floor dysfunctions. The Mummy MOT service offered by specialist physio's can give you the reassurance you need to know you are fit for purpose!