In other European countries (eg. France) it is a routine part of post natal care to have a course of Physiotherapy after birth.
Unfortunately, in the UK that is not the case. As a result, common post natal issues (eg. leaking with exercise, prolapse and diastasis) have been seen by the female population as a normal part of motherhood, something that just has to be put up with. Many women assume incontinence pads are the answer (thanks largely to a leading brand that have convinced women it is the only solution) and don't even consider that a course of pelvic floor strengthening will improve and in many cases cure the problem.
Even if you don't suffer any pelvic health issues, your pelvic floor will have been significantly stretched and weakened by childbirth. Look after your pelvic floor and core now and you are less likely to suffer problems after subsequent pregnancies or later in life. Check out this video to see how pregnancy affects your pelvic floor.
A Women's Health Physiotherapist has had specialist training to assess your pelvic floor muscles. They can detect whether your pelvic floor is tight or weak, whether pelvic floor muscles are contributing to other painful areas (such as the sacroiliac joint) and can also assess neighbouring muscle groups such as the gluts which have an impact on pelvic floor activity. They can also check you are recruiting your pelvic floor muscles correctly.
Once your baseline strength has been assessed an appropriate holistic strengthening programme can be prescribed. Improving your pelvic floor/core strength can improve many conditions including back pain, prolapse, posture, sacroiliac problems and incontinence. Your Physiotherapist can advise how to safely return to higher impact activities such as running and sport, ensuring your pelvic floor rehabilitation is focussed on your personal goals.