Body awareness is part of self-awareness. Body awareness is part of the preparation process for birth. We carry all kinds of stuff and history in our bodies--pregnancy is another opportunity to do important work and engage in a different kind of self-care.
The pelvic floor are the muscles in one's pelvic region that assist with urination, bowel movements and sexual response (e.g. orgasm). During pregnancy the pelvic bones expand and your pelvic floor needs to do more work. One can feel heaviness, tightness or looseness which may be an indicator that some work with a physical therapist with specialized training in core strengthening during pregnancy and childbirth may be useful. How is your body doing?
The physical therapist will assess and design a plan based on your needs and comfort level. They will ask questions regarding any of the following: pain, discomfort during intercourse or urinary issues. The process is transparent, intentional and confidential. It can be collaborative based on your level of interest--that is, if you wish to include your doula, midwife or obstetrician in your work with the physical therapist. This is your birth process.
The research indicates that preparing your pelvic region, in particular your perineum for childbirth can decrease the number of interventions needed during childbirth and can decrease the possibility of tearing.
You may want to consider partnering with a core strengthening physical therapist as part of your birth plan and postpartum care plan. ATNSC Doula can assist with finding the resources that best fit with your birth plan.
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