Abdominal separation occurs during pregnancy when the linea alba (a long ligament which runs from your pubic bone to your sternum) splits to allow a growing baby to fit inside the abdominal cavity. Diagnosis of abdominal separation is made when the gap between the abdominal is over 2cm (about 3 fingers wide).
Laugh so hard you wet your pants?
Avoid jumping on the trampoline with the kids or star jumps at the gym?
It’s normal to have a little bit of wee come out when you cough and sneeze…. right?
Most ladies I see as a physio who has a special interest in Women’s Health think its completely normal to have a little bit of urine leakage every now and then after having babies. Most just add this occasional loss lack of bladder control to the list of sacrifices you make when you enter the world of motherhood. Read More
What is it?
Abdominal Separation occurs naturally in many pregnant and post natal women. The two parts of the rectus abdominis (“six pack”) muscle are attached down the centre of the abdomen by a fibrous band called the “linea alba”. During pregnancy, the linea alba stretches to allow the muscles to spread apart and make room for the growing uterus. Read More
It’s easy to get lost in the information and emotion overload of having a baby. Your attention is naturally drawn to your new little bundle and learning how to be a Mum. Even if it isn’t your first baby, there’s still the adjustment of a new family member.Read More
Many women have trouble controlling their bladder. Maybe you leak urine or wet yourself when you laugh, sneeze or cough. Sometimes it can happen when you are exercising or lifting such as picking up child or bags of groceries. Maybe you find it happens if you are in hurry to get to the toilet like when you are putting the key into the door after being out. Or sometimes you just feel the urge to go to the toilet more frequently than normal and know the location of all the public toilet locations in your local area.
You are not alone. These are common symptoms of incontinence and these symptoms can vary from mild to severe and they can impact on your daily life. You don’t have to be old to suffer incontinence.
Many women like you, put up with these symptoms, many “too embarrassed” or “too busy” to seek help. Many women accept these symptoms as being a normal part of a women’s life. But incontinence can be treated and often completely cured.
Incontinence symptoms are most commonly first noticed in women after childbirth. It generally starts because the muscles of your Pelvic Floor that support your bladder, uterus and bowel become stretched, loosened or torn as a consequence of childbirth. The symptoms often start out mild but can progressively worsen with subsequent births, gynaecological surgeries and old age.
This problem is unlikely to go away on its own.
You need to take action; learn how to correctly do pelvic floor exercises, start doing them and adopt some simple lifestyle strategies to regain bladder control.
Ideally, all women should start early, exercising the pelvic floor whilst pregnant and continue after childbirth. Sadly this commonly doesn’t happen. Women get busy, get distracted, forget to do their exercises or have not been taught to do them properly. Many women don’t know if they are doing their exercises properly and often can’t feel any muscles working at all. So a minor problem can progress to a more major problem.
Good news! It’s never too late to start training your bladder and your pelvic floor muscles, even if you have been a little slack over the years. So ladies get started!
Emily Standen is a local physiotherapist who is able to assess your Pelvic Floor muscles and Bladder function and start you on a suitable exercise program. Like any other exercise program it is vital that you know what you doing otherwise you may be doing more harm than good. Jo is able to monitor and progress you through your program.
Book an appointment and find out how to regain control.
Leaking urine or wetting yourself can happen to women if the pelvic floor muscles become weekend, loosened or torn after childbirth and/or gynaecological surgery. You may notice it when you cough, laugh or when you are doing some exercise. Some women have it more frequently and find that they need to wear a pad.
This problem is unlikely to go away on its own and more than likely will progressively worsen the more babies you have and with ageing.
You need to take some action! The earlier the better however it is never too late to start!
To prevent urine leaking out you need a strong well functioning pelvic floor. This will also support the internal organs to prevent prolapse and assist core stability which is essential in preventing low back pain.
Don’t put up with these symptoms. See physiotherapist Emily Standen who is trained to assess your condition, train you on how to exercise your pelvic floor properly and provide you with the right program to avoid further problems. Book in and take control.