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Changes in Pelvic Floor Function at Childbirth and After Delivery

There is no doubt that the structures of the pelvis go through dramatic changes during pregnancy and at the time of vaginal childbirth. For vaginal childbirth to occur, the baby must be able to fit past the pelvic muscles and connective tissue. There is usually some amount of stretching or tearing that allows this to happen. 

Can the management of pregnancy or delivery be modified to minimize the chance of injury? If injury occurs, what can be done to maximize the chance of recovery so that symptoms do not develop? What treatments are available?

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Topics: Anal, Rectal Disorders, Bowel urgency, Brochure, Fact Sheet, Incontinence, Pelvic floor disorders

About the Author

  • Anne M Weber, MD, MS

    Study Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Bethesda, MD

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