The Pelvic Floor

The pelvic floor consists of 3 layers of muscle, ligaments and connective tissue.

Essentially it’s a ‘hammock’ holding everything in place.
It stretches from the front (pubic bone) to the back between the legs (sacrum and coccyx.)

The PUBOCOCCYGEUS (main muscle PF) wraps itself around the openings of the urethra, vagina and anus in a figure of eight.
During pregnancy, due to the increased weight of carrying a human these muscles will work very hard.

These muscles need ELASTICITY and this is the focus engaging and connecting how to release them.
As the baby is being birthed (crowning) it’s important for women to be as relaxed as it possible …
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There are lots of lovely positions to connect with your pelvic floor and to feel that release … we will practice these so that you are aware of what you need to do.

Having an epidural can change the tone of the pelvic floor, giving the baby nothing to rotate against.

This is one of the reasons why an epidural can increase the chances of needing an instrumental delivery (i.e. forceps, ventouse or in some cases a caesarean.)

Pelvic floors – pregnancy – we will go over these in the sessions.

Pelvic floors – postnatal we will discuss what these are and when they can be started dependent on how your birth goes.

The ‘horse breath’ – loose jaw and mouth, reflect the state of the muscles in the cervix and pelvic floor.  A great practice that helps you to identify if you are holding tension.

As the baby’s head (or any presenting part) meets the resistance of the pelvic floor, it enables that part to rotate forward until it comes to lie under the symphysis pubis (known as Hart’s Law). In other words, the tone of the pelvic floor enables the baby’s head to extend (they usually have their chins tucked into their chests so their heads fit neatly in the pelvis) enabling birth.

Pelvic Floors
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