Strong Foundations: Why Pelvic Health Matters

by Clare Bourne


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Pelvic health issues can impact a huge range of physiological functions but there is very little information or help readily available for these problems. Pregnancy and childbirth can have a significant impact on pelvic health, but did you know that it can also be affected by other things? This can commonly lead to physical symptoms relating to your bladder, bowels and sex life as well as impacting mental health.

But knowledge is power, and Clare Bourne has dedicated her career to improving our pelvic health – this book contains answers to all the questions you’ve been too embarrassed or scared to ask, and many more you didn’t know you needed the answers for – nothing is TMI!

Learn more in this episode

Having Another Baby After Prolapse

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Having another baby when you have pelvic organ prolapse is a big one. There are just so many unknowns. Will pregnancy make your prolapse worse? Would it be better to have a caesarian? Can you do anything to protect yourself? Helen speaks to the pelvic health physio Clare Bourne who opens up about her experience of prolapse:
'Even if you know the research, even if you know everything could be ok at some point in the future, in that moment nothing feels fine. It's like you're given this death sentence of "this is your life now".'
Clare has gone on to have a second child and tells Helen about her experience of birth, healing and doing it all again. They talk about how to approach pregnancy the next time around, the importance of staying active and about re-writing the narrative around prolapse:
'When you come down to it, yes there are changes to those walls, yes there are changes to where those pelvic organs are for some people. However that doesn't mean we're going to live like this forever. And it's that conversation that I think is sometimes missing.'
Clare is @clarebournephysio on Instagram

Holistic Core Restore is the pelvic-floor-safe fitness programme mentioned in this episode.

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This episode is from Series 2 of Why Mums Don't Jump

This podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.