BirthBirth preparationPregnancy
The pelvic floor is tried and tested during pregnancy and delivery.⁣ During pregnancy, your pelvic floor muscles will loosen in response to the pregnancy hormones in your body. Your growing baby will also add additional pressure onto your pelvic floor and bladder, and you may find you leak urine when you cough or sneeze.⁣ ⁣⁣ During labour, as baby's head descends into the pelvis, it continues to stretch and displace these muscles for delivery. It is for this reason we encourage pelvic floor exercises in the antenatal period and perineal massage.
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