Pregnancy & Childbearing
Women tend to develop pelvic floor weaknesses during pregnancy. Women who are most at risk are those who have given birth vaginally several times, who have delivered babies with a higher birth weight, who have experienced severe tearing in the perineal, and/or who have experienced instrumental births. Read this article to learn about strengthening your core before, during and after pregnancy
If you find yourself suffering from frequent constipation, this could contribute to a weakened pelvic floor. In women, this can manifest itself in terms of organ prolapse (link to side-effects) into the vaginal cavity. Organ prolapse can become increasingly severe, so be sure to begin strengthening your pelvic floor immediately and address the root cause of your constipation.
Women who lift heavy objects put a lot of pressure on their pelvic floor muscles. Such individuals may suffer from organ prolapse as well as incontinence. Women most likely to suffer from this cause of pelvic floor weakness are women in courier and nursing professions or those who perform heavy-weight exercise in the gym.
As women age, their pelvic floor muscles become weaker. The solution to such issues requires strengthening pelvic floor muscles.
Obesity is a major contributor to weakened pelvic floor muscles. As you gain weight, the increasing mass of fatty issues puts corresponding pressure on the pelvic floor, which is likely to manifest as incontinence.