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How did you manage pelvic floor exercises after CS?

(7 Posts)
atrcts Sun 31-Mar-13 02:29:37

The reason I ask is that when I do mine, it am aware that it tightens my internal lower abdominal muscles, presumably these get cut during a CS and so I wondered how soon post op that people manage to do pelvic floor exercises successfully?!!!!

McPheetStink Sun 31-Mar-13 02:46:04

9 months post op, and not done one since blush

QTPie Sun 31-Mar-13 08:24:32

No problem really: may feel strange because things have been "pushed and pulled about" and you suddenly have a lot more space in that area.

The surgeon does not cut any muscles - they are parted instead: it is only skin, fat and uterus which is cut (and a few nerves along the way - you will most likely have some numbness).

Great to start gentle pelvic floor exercises a few days after the delivery.

ThreeBeeOneGee Sun 31-Mar-13 08:30:25

I can tighten my pelvic floor independently of mabdominal muscles, but perhaps that's from weekly Pilates.

At least after a CS you'll still have a pelvic floor. grin I tried to tighten mine a few hours after my first vaginal delivery (just to check it was still there) and nothing happened at all!

A couple of weeks after my twin CS I was doing everything normally (except driving and heavy lifting) and after four weeks I was back to normal.

ThreeBeeOneGee Sun 31-Mar-13 08:31:33

'mabdominal muscles'? How did I manage to type that?

QTPie Sun 31-Mar-13 08:31:36

Even after a CS (probably more as a result of pregnancy), you pelvic floor can be weak - so the exercises can be very beneficial smile

Meglet Sun 31-Mar-13 08:42:42

What threebeeonegee said. I can make my pelvic floor clench without touching my abs muscles. Did pilates for years before I had dc's.

But if you've recently had a cs don't put too much pressure on yourself yet. Let it all heal and settle down.

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