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Pelvic Floor Health

Welcome to the Pregnancy edition of Homeopathy & Health Newsletter!

Did you know that Homeopathy can safely and gently relieve most pregnancy related symptoms and discomforts? Homeopathy is a gentle yet effective system of medicine which uses remedies that are highly diluted and are not chemical drugs, making them safe for both babies and mothers.

Pelvic Floor Muscles

Let’s talk pelvic floor muscles this month and how they help (and hinder) us through pregnancy and beyond. Not to worry though, there’s lots we can do.

Your pelvic floor muscles help support your growing baby during pregnancy. Then they stretch during labour and delivery. Oh joy. And then, because they are now weaker, they may not work as well as they did before you got pregnant.

What does this mean?

It means you may not be able to stop yourself from peeing, pooping, or passing gas when you don’t want to, especially if you are exercising or sneezing. Leakage of urine and vaginal heaviness are the two main symptoms of pelvic floor difficulties, but may also be accompanied by lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, constipation and pain during intercourse.

Ways to Improve Function

A good physiotherapist can work wonders with you using a specific set of exercises and homeopathy can help too, to remind your body that these muscles need to kick back in. Here are three great (and easy) exercises you can do at home to help build strength back to the pelvic floor.

Exercises to try

Squeezes: Standing, sitting or lying, squeeze your pelvic floor muscles. You should feel the muscles in your anus and vagina lifting up inside. Hold for 8-10 seconds or as long as you can. Relax, rest, and repeat. Try to be sure you aren’t holding your breath!

Clamshell: Lie on your side with your legs bent at about 45 degrees with your feet, ankles, knees and hips stacked on top of one another. As you engage your core and glutes, lift your upper knee as you keep your feet together. Try not to rock or shift your hips or pelvis. Lower your knee, rest and repeat, try 5-10 per side.

Glute Bridge: Lie on your back with knees bent, feet planted hip distance apart. Engage your core and press into your feet, lifting your bottom off the floor. Hold for 2-5 seconds, being careful not to overextend your back at the top. Slowly roll down, releasing the pelvic floor when your hips make contact with the ground. Repeat 3-5 times.

Two Remedies to Think of for Pelvic Floor Health

Sepia is the #1 remedy for pelvic floor dysfunction. Known for a prominent bearing down sensation in the pelvis, sometimes accompanied with pain.

Podophyllum patients have particularly weak pelvic floor muscles, with a sensation as if the internal organs may fall out.

TIP: Want some help with your pelvic floor strength? Thinking about using homeopathy? Email me at hello@erincrawford.ca to book a complimentary call to learn about how I can help.

ERIN CRAWFORD || HOMEOPATH

Homeopathy is a very individualized form of medicine, so if you feel like you don’t align with one of these remedies, there is another one out there that can help you. This remedy information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be used as a means to treat and/or diagnose any condition or ailment. Speak to your midwife, obstetrician, or registered homeopath for more information.

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