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Are you constipated?

Constipation is a common complaint in pregnancy and affects many pregnant women and the post partum period. During pregnancy, it’s likely due to the increased level of progesterone in your body, which has the effect of slowing your bowels down. If you’re constipated during pregnancy, ensure you have this sorted early otherwise it could lead to pelvic floor dysfunction as well as distress! Also, straining on the toilet is NOT OK! All that straining is like having a mini birth

Pregnancy and the pelvic floor

Finding out that you are pregnant is so exciting and the last thing on your mind is your pelvic floor or your pelvic organs. Why would it be? For most of you it has probably behaved pretty well up to now. It’s reported that a third of existing and expectant mothers don’t do pelvic floor exercises despite the known benefits. But you may now leak a little when someone cracks a joke or have the occasional damp patch in your knickers or been busting for the toileting when you’re