Life is much better with a flexible pelvic floor.
Unfortunately, we’re harnessing a generation of ‘pelvic tuckers’ due to the sedentary lifestyles we now lead and I’m seeing more and more pregnant (and postnatal women) showing signs of this.
When you sit on your sacrum all day, every day at work, rest and play, for hours on end, you’re likely to have a tight pelvic floor and weakened gluteals (butt) muscles.
Have a look at the diagram here. See where your coccyx is? Now have a think about the position you’re in for most the day. It’s in seated, isn’t it?
When you’re sat down, your tailbone is tucked under, creating less space between the sacrum at the back and the pubic bone at the front. This constant positioning shortens the distance between your sacrum and the pubic bone, which in turn, tightens your pelvic floor muscles.
There’s no easy way to say this, but if you’re pregnant, it’s going to be a lot easier to push baby out if you have a flexible set of pelvic floor muscles, rather than a tight set.
Now have a look at the diagram again and tell me if the person pictured has a strong set of gluteal (butt) muscles? They do, don’t they? They’re nice and purt, and there’s a noticeable natural curve in their lower back.
Any new mums reading this? Do you have pelvic floor dysfunction ie do you wee yourself on movement or when you laugh/cough/sneeze etc? Do you have no bum and no natural curve in your lower back? Yep? Well, these are surefire signs there’s something wrong with your pelvic floor muscles.
Solution: Do squats, and lots of them. They’ll help: a) strengthen the gluteals and b) stretch out your tightened pelvic floor muscles.
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