• Pelvic Floor and Pregnancy

What happens to the pelvic floor during pregnancy and delivery

During pregnancy, there is an increased demand on the pelvic floor as it works to support the weight of the uterus as the baby grows inside the womb. Over the course of the pregnancy, the muscles and ligaments comprising the pelvic floor can become lengthened and weak due to this sustained increase in load. During labour, these tissues are stretched further, and in some cases may undergo additional trauma due to tearing, cutting (episiotomy) or use of forceps/suction during delivery. Changes in the strength, tone and contractility of the pelvic floor following pregnancy and delivery is often why some women experience symptoms of incontinence (leakage), pelvic pain or prolapse post-partum.

How can pelvic floor physiotherapy help with these issues?

There is strong evidence to support pelvic floor physiotherapy for the treatment of incontinence, prolapse and pelvic pain among other conditions. Depending on your symptoms, and the therapist’s assessment, treatment may include strengthening of the pelvic floor, learning to relax the pelvic floor, education on self-management strategies and/or manual therapy. Following your initial assessment, the therapist will discuss which treatments are indicated in the treatment of your condition, and work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.


Coast Therapy is an award-winning provider of Massage Therapy & Physiotherapy services to Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Coquitlam residents for over 16 years.

We offer extensive experience in manual therapy and active care for complex sport & injury rehabilitation, prenatal & post-partum care, medical conditions, chronic pain, and general wellness concerns. Our therapists are experts in helping you achieve long-lasting pain relief and functional improvement.