I read a ton about the importance of strengthening my pelvic floor during pregnancy, but I never knew exactly what the pelvic floor was exactly. I just knew it was supposed to be strong for childbirth and for recovery. Well essentially it's all the muscles, ligaments, and tissues that support the bladder, uterus, vagina, and rectum (glamorous, I know). I feel like I don't have to explain how the pelvic floor ties into childbirth, right??
Anyway, it gets stretched and weakened big time during pregnancy and especially during childbirth, so it's really important to rebuild that strength before diving fully back into exercise. It's recommended to start doing pelvic floor strengthening exercises as soon as possible, which will be different for each woman. If you feel any pressure, pain, or bleeding in the nether regions stop immediately and wait a few more days/weeks until starting again.
At 3 weeks postpartum, I feel like my body is ready to incorporate some pelvic floor strengthening (walking is the only other type of "workout" I plan on doing until my 6 week check-up). Below are my favourite exercises to strengthening my pelvic floor. I've linked up each exercise to a description, and I also posted a video on my Instagram.