May 15th is International Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) Awareness Day. Much worse than ‘morning sickness’ HG is characterised by prolonged and severe nausea and vomiting, which can cause dehydration, weight loss and malnutrition. It's not known what causes HG, or why some women get it and others do not, but some experts believe it is linked to the changing hormones in the body that occur during pregnancy. There is also some evidence that it runs in families. In this blog, we want to focus on HG and the pelvic floor.
A refresher on the pelvic floor
You’ll remember that the pelvic floor muscles span the bottom of the pelvis and - among other things - they provide support to the pelvic organs: the bladder, bowel and uterus. They serve almost like a trap door, keeping us continent of urine, faeces and wind. Remember we have loads of easy-to-digest pelvic floor education in our online, foundation course, Essentials by Umi, which is you can access at no cost with our Umi Free membership.
The pelvic floor in pregnancy