I find it very annoying that I’ve spent 34 years strengthening my core via gymnastics and sport as a kid and as I got older exercising, only to have it ripped away (quite literally) within 9 months.

For months after birth I felt like I was being held up by my spine like a puppet. I would try and run but there was a dull ache in my lower tummy which just wouldn’t budge so that was no good, I would try and do pelvic floor exercises but they also didn’t seem to make a difference. 

So will it take 34 years to get it back to where it was before or will I be running like a puppet? Is there something I did wrong during my pregnancy? What exercise should I be doing?

Baz Moffatt has come to save the day. Baz was an elite athlete and is now a mum of two so has gone through the core no core situation herself. She works exclusively with women and in the last 2 years has trained over 500 women from the inside out, establishing a robust and resilient core on which to build health, fitness and strength. She loves nothing better than to talk to women about their pelvic floors and how best to train them. Thank you Baz!!!

Should I be training my pelvic floor throughout pregnancy?

Yes is the short answer to this – it’s unlikely to help with your birth but it will really help with your post natal recovery.  If you know how to connect with your pelvic floor muscles you can start to connect with them within days of your birth – very gently of course.

What are your top 3 exercises to do during pregnancy to look after my pelvic floor? 

Oh gosh this is really tricky – an obvious question and one that I get asked a lot, but I never answer!  Every pregnant woman should be active and exercising regularly but what she does is completely her choice – like her birth plan, it has to be right for her.  And if her pelvis is coping – as in it’s not in pain or leaking, then the exercise you’re doing is probably good! 

In the run up to birth should I stop doing any of these exercises? If yes how will I know when to stop? Is there a date i.e 40 weeks?

I don’t see why you would stop and there’s certainly no cut off – you may need to do less because of your size -and so you may not be able to feel your pelvic floor exercises so much in standing and may need to change to sitting or side lying, but there’s no reason to stop doing them as a general rule. The key is to make sure you’re doing them correctly – with a full lift and release – the release is key and if you come to my workshop I’ll cover this!

Baz will be holding a pelvic floor worksop – Pants Not Pads on day 1 of the Festival. Check out www.beingfest.com for more info and to buy tickets.