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Exercise and pelvic floor muscles

During pregnancy, healthy nutrition, daily exercise, refraining from intoxicants and oral health become increasingly important. These will directly affect the well-being and health of the foetus and mother. Pregnancy is a good time to evaluate your habits so that you can be the best possible growing environment for your baby. Your well-being will have an immediate impact on your baby’s health as well. Furthermore, the health choices of an expectant mother’s partner and other people close to her will reflect on her behaviour.

Two pregnant women walking in the woods for exercise.

Liikunta raskauden aikana (UKK-instituutti, in Finnish)

Raskaus- ja imetysajan liikkuminen (Neuvokas perhe, in Finnish)


The exercises and instructions on this website are intended for expectant mothers and in part also for their partners. The videos have been designed by the City of Helsinki’s physiotherapists. For more information, please contact the centralised physiotherapy booking number 09 3106 7000 from Monday to Friday at 8–15.

The pelvic floor has strong muscles, which support and carry the bladder, urethra, rectum and, for the women, the womb and the vagina. The purpose of these muscles is to react to the pressure from the abdomen, for example during coughing, sneezing, lifting heavy objects, running and jumping. In addition to this, the pelvic floor muscles bring pleasure to both women and men during sex. Stretched, lazy or unused pelvic floor muscles may cause incontinence, bladder and uterus prolapse and difficulties with intercourse. The pelvic floor muscles are voluntary muscles: they can and should be trained regularly, especially when pressure near the abdomen grows. Pregnancy and birth put a big strain on a woman’s pelvic floor muscles.

Finding your pelvic floor muscles 

Träning av musklerna 

Träning av musklernas uthållighet 



19.02.2020 12:47