- Objective data on physical activity of women shortly after giving birth
- Moderate to much physical activity leads to less support from pelvic floor muscle, but does not increase complaints
- Further research is required to be able to interpret the paradoxical outcomes
Women who perform moderate to a lot of physical activity in the first six weeks after giving birth, more often experience a diminished support function of the pelvic floor muscles and prolapse. On the other hand, they experience less pelvic floor complaints and incontinence. These seemingly contradictory findings came from a well-executed prospective cohort study in the United States. The scientists used accelerometers to objectively measure the extent of physical activity of the women in the research group.