Pelvienne Wellness Inc, formerly EPI-NO Canada, provides proactive and restorative pelvic floor products and services to women of all ages and at all stages. Founded in 2004, the company has become a trusted partner of childbirth professionals, physiotherapists and physicians across the country and is committed to providing non-surgical solutions to women that both prevent and treat various forms of core and pelvic floor dysfunction.
Your Core and Your Pelvic Floor
Did you know that the muscles of the pelvic floor are part of ‘your core’? The core is made up of the Multifidus, the Transversus Abdominus, the Diaphragm and the Pelvic Floor. Together these muscles partner to support and stabilize the pelvis and spine. When one area is weak, imbalances can occur which can lead to pain and/or dysfunction. We participate in physical activity to exercise the muscles of our body but the pelvic floor is often neglected since many do not even realize there are muscles there to strengthen! Learning how to fully and effectively work your core including the pelvic floor is critical to your overall fitness.
Your Core in Pregnancy
Your body will face tremendous changes during pregnancy - you name it, you'll experience it! Your expanding uterus and growing baby can cause postural changes, stretched and weakened connective tissue and pelvic floor weakness. By preparing your core during pregnancy your body will be able to support these and other changes of pregnancy, it will be stronger during delivery and it will recover more quickly post partum.
Your Core Postpartum
After the birth of your baby your miraculous body will begin the process of returning to its pre-birth state. With a strong core, you will recover more quickly, however rest and healing are of utmost importance so be sure not to rush. Remember, the body has been stretched and weakened by the constant load it carried for 9 months as well as from the birth so it will take some time to repair. You can start doing pelvic floor exercise as soon as 24 hours after delivery if you feel up to it - this will help heal the perineum (even a perineum that doesn't tear still needs to heal) and heal a common yet often unrecognized condition called diastasis recti.