Pelvis and pelvis floor
Your pelvis is one of the most important parts of your body. It connects your spine to your legs. The pelvis also bears the weight of your torso and determines how you move. The pelvic floor is located at the bottom of your pelvis. It consists of connective tissue and muscles. Together they carry the organs in the pelvis: your bladder, your uterus with your vagina and your intestines. They open and close the pelvis at the bottom.
Pregnant and giving birth
When you are pregnant and giving birth, the muscles in your pelvis and pelvic floor stretch considerably. After giving birth, it is therefore important that you strengthen and/or relax your pelvic floor, back and abdominal muscles and let them work together again.
If you are pregnant or have just given birth, your body reacts differently than usual. Your pelvis is less stable. It can hurt. In the Netherlands, about 152.000 women suffer from this every year.
You may also feel pain in your thighs, in the area around your vagina, and on the bottom of your back. You can’t stand, walk and sit for long when everything hurts so much. Often you also tense other muscles extra. This can lead to even more complaints. Such as the loss of pee without you wanting it or pain in your tailbone. It is important to listen carefully to your body. All complaints often disappear after your child is born, but you can also suffer from them for longer.
Just gave birth? Understand what your pelvis can handle
Your body needs time to recover after giving birth, even if you feel good. Your pelvis and your pelvic floor are stretched considerably. You can see that as a kind of bruise. Your connective tissue also needs to become stronger. Connective tissue sits in your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.
After giving birth you should not do too much, but also not too little. It is therefore important that you know what your pelvic floor can handle when you have just given birth, until nine months later. That prevents you from getting complaints.
Check your pelvis and pelvic floor
Did you give birth more than six weeks ago? Then fill in this questionnaire (in Dutch). You can use this to check whether you have complaints in and around your pelvis, or whether you have a chance to get it later. If you have complaints in and around your pelvis, you can do a lot about it. Also to prevent them. We look at the answers you enter and then give you advice that suits you.