Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
New mums are so focused on their babies that they often don’t find the time to get their own bodies back into shape, and sometimes they are not even sure where to start.

“I don’t do pelvic floor exercises as I don’t know how they should be done correctly”, says one new mum surveyed by Pelvic Floor Exercise, while another adds “I was not told about pelvic floor exercises following the birth of my son.”

That’s why Pelvic Floor Exercise ( is including information on this important aspect of pregnancy recovery in a special Pelvic Floor Exercise leaflet, included in the Hello Babe bags available to every new mother in Queensland.

Weak pelvic floor muscles can cause incontinence, prolapse and reduced sexual response, so getting these muscles back to full strength after a baby is vitally important for long term health.

Research shows that 90% of women who are experiencing stress incontinence three months after having a baby will still have the problem five years later unless they work on their pelvic floor muscles.

“In our recent online survey, 4 out of 5 women had been experiencing symptoms of a weak pelvic floor since their last pregnancy” says Linda McClelland, director of Pelvic Floor Exercise. “Many of these women are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, so they’ve spent years struggling with distressing incontinence that many could have avoided.”

She adds “Our childbirth survey had the highest response rate of any survey we’ve ever run on our website. It clearly struck a chord with older women who wish they’d acted earlier, as well as younger women who are looking for help right now.”

Pelvic Floor Exercise leaflets in the Hello Babe bags include information on the pelvic floor and a range of helpful products especially selected for younger women and new mothers. Much more information is available on the Pelvic Floor Exercise website, Australia’s premier resource for information on pelvic floor strengthening.

New mums in Queensland can look out for their Hello Babe bags which are available from obstetricians, ultrasound clinics, doctors, maternity hospitals, baby clubs and clinics.

New mums from elsewhere in Australia, or Queensland mums who don’t have access to a Hello Babe bag, can request a copy of the leaflet by emailing [email protected] or by calling 1300 76 39 40.

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Pelvic Floor Exercise

Pelvic Floor Exercise is Australia's premier online pelvic floor resource. The Pelvic Floor Exercise website at provides a wealth of information on pelvic floor health and strengthening for both women and men. Extensive research-based information, along with an online store packed with reading materials, DVDs and quality exercise aids, together dispel the mystery of how to do effective pelvic floor exercises, allowing customers to make informed decisions in the privacy of their own homes.
Linda McClelland
P: 0417 641 697


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