Don’t freak out, but your pelvic floor is already going through a strain that will reach fever pitch during childbirth.
If you’re a total newbie to pregnancy, your pelvic floor is a network of muscles that stretch from the pubic bone at the front to the end of the backbone. You can feel the muscles if you try to stop the flow of urine. Strengthen the muscles by sitting comfortably and squeezing them up to 15 times in a row.
Your pelvic floor muscles might be weak if you leak urine after coughing, sneezing or any strain, known as ‘stress incontinence’. But you’ll be pleased to know you can try to avoid this by strengthening the muscles through exercise.
Even if you’re not suffering from stress incontinence at the moment, the NHS recommends pelvic floor exercises throughout pregnancy.
Watch our Top Tip film on pelvic floor exercises below from personal trainer Natasha Brown.