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Life after childbirth


Your body doesn't just recover immediately after childbirth
Life after childbirth

For all those new mums (and soon to be mums, and mums of grown up kids).

We all know that pregnancy is hard. And childbirth messes with your body (thanks kids), but do we really know the reality of what is 'normal and acceptable' after childbirth.


First off, let's have a look at some of the shocking stats.....


  • 50% of women experience pelvic organ prolapse with symptoms of bladder and bowel dysfunction.


  • 50% of women who have had children have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse (symptomatic or asymptomatic).


  • In women with vaginal prolapse, 63% will experience urinary stress incontinence.


  • IF you have urinary incontinence during pregnancy the chance of you having urinary incontinence at 3 months post deliver is almost double (regardless of delivery method).


  • If you had incontinence issues before pregnancy, then you are 5 times more likely to have issues with incontinence after pregnancy.


  • 52% of women with lower back pain during pregnancy were found to have pelvic floor dysfunction.


  • Straining on the toilet is associated with anterior vaginal wall and perineal descent in women with pelvic organ prolapse.


  • 52% of women with a pelvic floor dysfunction (stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse) have a Diastasis Recti.


if you suffer from muscle separation a women's health physio can help
Different types of diastasis recti

  • and 66% of women with a Diastasis Recti experience stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.


  • 45% of women have urinary incontinence 7 years postnatally.


  • 36% of women have diastasis recti 8 weeks after delivery.


  • Pelvic floor dysfunction is not limited to those women who have had vaginal deliveries.


  • 42% of women with vaginal deliveries experienced stress or urge incontinence, compared to 35% of women who undergo a C-section.



with all those shocking numbers, it is important to realise that these symptoms and conditions

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