Is babywearing good for the pelvic floor?

The pelvic floor

The pelvic floor is not just a 3-layer muscle, that closes your pelvic from the bottom, but it also consists of connective tissue structures and ligaments. Your abdominal organs such as uterus, bladder and intestine are kept in the pelvic. The pelvic floor holds a lot, closes and loosens and that for a whole life.

During pregnancy, the pelvic organs are displaced by the growing uterus, the ligaments are maximally stretched during childbirth. So the pelvic floor must do a lot during pregnancy and at birth.

After the birth of your child, the ligaments are overstretched and the supporting tissue is unstable. Shortly after birth, you may not feel your pelvic floor or you may feel uncomfortable pressure or even pain in everyday stress.

It takes a few months for your pelvic floor to return to its original state. It is important to negatively burden the pelvic floor as little as possible, so that the recovery process is faster and better.

Pelvic floor, babywearing after birth
Grafic of the pelvic floor

Tasks of the pelvic floor

  • The pelvic floor holds the uterus, bladder and intestine in the pelvic.
  • The organs can not sag down. This has a facilitating and uplifting effect on your posture.
  • Open and close the 3 body openings.
  • The pelvic floor reacts with reflex recoil movements to an increase in pressure in the abdominal and thoracic cavity, e.g. when coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping.
  • The pelvic floor conservs the spine and has a supporting effect on all pelvic movements.
  • Sexual function.

Tips - How to relieve your pelvic floor in everyday life

  • Wear comfortable and loose clothing. Tight pants or a belt can cause a lot of pressure on the pelvic floor.
  • Get up after sleeping.
  • Avoid carrying heavy loads.
  • When you take up your child, you should be in your active body center.
  • With a baby carrier you can carry your child in the middle of the body, your child sits close to your body and you do not have to go into a balancing posture.
  • Exercise your bottom every day. Back problems, especially in the sacrum area, can occur if the pelvic floor is too weak.
  • Drink enough and eat healthy, so that the defecation is soft.
  • When standing, make sure that your feet are evenly loaded and your weight is evenly distributed.
  • Avoid standing in the hollow cross.
  • When coughing and sneezing stay in an upright position and turn your upper body to the side and cough / sneeze in the crook of the arm.

Babywearing strengthens the pelvic floor

If you wear your child in a baby carrier, you will protect your pelvic floor. In a good carrier / wrap, your child sits close to your body so you do not have to go into a balancing posture. If you wear your child in front of the belly or on the back with a carrier, that distributes the weight evenly on both shoulders, the pressure in the abdominal area does not increase.
Avoid wearing your child on your hip, because only one side is loaded and this puts strain on your pelvic floor.
While babywearing, your abdominal and back muscles become stronger. Increase the wearing time slowly. Pay attention to what is good for you.


These Huckepack baby carriers are suitable for newborns and support your pelvic floor:

  • Huckepack Full Buckle
  • Huckepack Half Buckle
  • Huckepack Mei Tai
  • Huckepack Wrap Tai
  • Wraps and Ring Slings

What you should pay attention to when buying a carrier?  Read also our blog post on "Which baby carrier to choose for a newborn".

Huckepack Half Buckle baby carrier, made from a Girasol wrap, adjustable panel, well padded straps, ergonomic hipbelt.
Child in the Huckepack Half Buckle baby carrier

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