Why you need strong pelvic floor muscles

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A 2019 Duke University study about the limits of human endurance found that one of the most extreme experiences that a person can endure is pregnancy.1 Whether you were an elite athlete before pregnancy or not, you certainly are one now.

What the pelvic floor does

Imagine your pelvic floor muscles as the mythical figure Atlas holding the entire globe on his shoulder. The pelvic floor muscles work like a net to support your bladder, bowel, and uterus and stretch to allow for the birth of the baby.

The pelvic floor even works with yours abs and back muscles to stabilize and support your spine. These muscles are also the ones that control your sphincters, which means they help you stay in control of when and where you pee, poop, and pass gas.

How pregnancy impacts the pelvic floor

Pregnancy and delivery put pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, which can sometimes lead to changes in your body causing you to leak or have to go to the bathroom all the time postpartum, or both.

Birth puts an incredible amount of pressure on the pelvic floor, the stress of which can have a lasting impact on the strength of your pelvic floor. This can lead to common issues like urinary leakage, which affects over half of women at some point in their lives.2 There’s no need to fret though, because even though pregnancy is likely going to weaken your pelvic floor, it’s absolutely possible to strengthen it.

The simple way to strengthen the pelvic floor

Since your pelvic floor is a set of muscles, you need the right exercise regimen to strengthen and tone it. We love leva because it is a unique way to train and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles the correct way, and incorrectly doing your exercises can make things worse.

Paired with a digital health app, you get an individualized view of vaginal movement caused by lifting your pelvic floor muscles. With leva’s help you can track your progress and make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly and consistently.

Tap below to learn more about how leva can help you strengthen your pelvic floor after the baby is born, which could help treat leakage.

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1 C. Thurber, L. R. Dugas, C. Ocobock, B. Carlson, J. R. Speakman, H. Pontzer, Extreme
events reveal an alimentary limit on sustained maximal human energy expenditure. Sci. Adv. 5,
eaaw0341 (2019).

2 Markland, A. D., Richter, H. E., Fwu, C. W., Eggers, P., & Kusek, J. W. (2011). Prevalence and Trends of Urinary Incontinence in Adults in the United States, 2001 to 2008. The Journal of Urology, 186(2), 589-93.

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