Vaginal childbirth can have damaging effects on the pelvic floor. Partial tears of the muscle tissue, episiotomies, a feeling of bagginess, and pelvic prolapse are some of the common unwanted side effects of childbirth. Even a birth by c-section increases the risk of pelvic floor dysfunctions (incontinence) considerably.
Overstretching your pelvic floor and small muscle tears are very common occurrences. The good news is that Kegel exercises have been consistently found to be an important factor for women in regaining and maintaining a healthy, strong pelvic floor, since regular exercise can compensate for small muscle tears. These exercises are most effective when performed against resistance and with biofeedback.