Our pelvic floor is a group of muscles that connects from your tailbone to your pubic bones and forms the floor of our pelvis. The muscles have a key role in supporting our pelvic organs (in women; bladder, bowel and uterus), maintaining our continence, sexual sensation, as well as the stability/support of our back and pelvis.
Connective tissue joins the pelvic floor muscles to the bones of our pelvis. Strong, well coordinated and appropriately activated pelvic floor muscles take the pressure off this connective tissue. However, high intensity, high load, high impact, high strain activity can place pressure on the pelvic floor muscles and the supportive connective tissue.
In pregnancy the increasing load on the pelvic floor as well as the effect of hormones such as relaxin and progesterone, can influence the connective tissue supporting the pelvic floor. Overstretching this important connective tissue can lead to long term problems such as prolapse, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and back or pelvic pain.
The video describes the increased loads placed on the pelvic floor region and why it is sensible to consider the exercise options that protect this important area especially during pregnancy and the postnatal period.