The pelvis is both bone and soft tissue – bone encased by a nourishing river of ligaments and muscle and fascia. Women need flexible strength in the pelvis – not to tight, not too loose. Supple is the goal: we must train our minds and bodies to cultivate a supple pelvic floor. A strong and supple pelvis is one that knows when to contract and when to relax. For the birthing mother, pelvic floor relaxation along with sacral nutation is necessary for a more effective labor. For the postpartum mother, pelvic floor contraction increases tone to prevent and treat pelvic relaxation dysfunction that can lead to incontinence and prolapse.
Next week, we will learn how to access and activate pelvic floor muscles. We will learn how to identify symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction: how can you tell if your pelvic floor is hypertonic (too tight) or hypotonic (too lose)? And what can we do about it? We will learn about pelvic alignment during pregnancy.
The human pelvis is made up of four bones. Together they form two openings: an upper pelvic inlet and a lower pelvic outlet. These openings comprise the birth canal through which a birthing mother will deliver her baby. The cornerstones of the pelvic outlet are the pubic bone in the front, coccyx in the back and the two sitting bones on either side. The bones of the pelvis do not move much during pre-pregnany. During pregnancy and especially labor, the pelvis can change its shape. Come learn more and practice how to change the shape of your pelvis to optimize it for childbirth!