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Will Smart Balls help with a sore pelvic floor after childbirth?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 07, 2019

Will Smart Balls help me with the pain post childbirth as well as with the bladder control?

I recently gave birth to my first child, 2 and a half month ago, through a vaginal labor. Since then I have been feeling sore in my pelvic floor, like a muscular pain. I have also noticed some incontinence.

 Pelvic Floor Answers

Pregnancy and the birthing process can result in soreness and we would recommend not using the Smart Balls until this pain has gone away.

A pelvic floor physiotherapist - often linked through your local hospital - can do an examination and assessment if you are still experiencing pain in 4-6 weeks time.

It could be a number of things including bruising, stretching, tearing or muscle spasm. Two an a half months is not a great deal of time from giving birth which has been likened to an extended boxing fight.If possible, keep heavy lifting to a minimum for the next 2-3 months at least.

The Smart Balls can definitely help with the bladder issues, so come back to us if you are still experiencing bladder weakness once you are fully healed

I am looking to tighten up and also strengthen my pelvic floor muscles

By Pelvic Floor Health
on July 11, 2019

I am looking at your products and unsure which of the two options are best for me. I have had two children naturally and have a weakened bladder. I am looking to tighten up and also strengthen my pelvic floor muscles.

Question. Can you please advise which of your two products would be more suitable?

Pelvic Floor Answers

Bladder Weakness and compromised pelvic floor muscles are a very common outcome of pregnancy. Smart Balls are the most popular and easy to use pelvic floor training system and can be easily integrated into the life of a busy woman.

We recommend going for the Smart Balls Power Pack which has the Smart Balls Uno for getting you started and the Smart Balls Duo for long term pelvic floor tone maintenance. a hypoallergenic lube is also essential to ease of use and is included in the Power Pack.

By following the simple training programme your bladder weakness issues can be a thing of the past after 12-16 weeks of use.
Smart Balls are made from medical grade materials and are long lasting so you can use them for years to come to maintain optimum pelvic floor tone over time.

This is especially important as women get older too as menopause and pregnancy are the two most challenging times for the pelvic floor muscles.

Ask a Question. Is it safe to use NatraTone during pregnancy?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 23, 2017

Can I use the Natratone safely during pregnancy?

Question

Could you please let me know if it is safe to use NatraTone during pregnancy?

Pelvic Floor Answers

Yes Natratone is safe to use during pregnancy and is one of the few devices available for pregnant women.

You can use it at least  3x per week and there is a definite advantage in improving your pelvic floor strength prior to giving birth. Having more control during the birth process and speeding up recovery times are a couple of the advantages as well as reducing bladder weakness during pregnancy.

The device sits in the vaginal opening while you do a series of exercises around it, it is made from medical grade plastic and can be easily washed after each use.

Natratone and it is easy and effective to use

Ask a Question. Smart Balls or Natratone?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on November 17, 2017

Which one should I use, Smart Balls or Natratone?

Question

I have recently (8 weeks ago) given birth to my first child. He was a large baby and I had an extended period of pushing during my labour. I have just visited my GP after experiencing a sagging feeling in my vagina. She diagnosed a pelvic organ prolapse (bladder prolapse) where the front wall of my vagina is bulging and sagging down. I am not experiencing any incontinence at this stage but I am unable to 'hold on' for long when I really need to urinate. I am wondering what would be the better option to purchase to help with strengthening my pelvic floor, the NatraTone or SmartBalls?

Pelvic Floor Answers

We do recommend Natratone for women who have mild to moderate prolapse, you can later on if you choose, use the SmartBall Uno for maintenance, however the Natratone is a good long term option and we recommend you continue either to use the device or continue the correct exercises for 3-4 months at least (rather than the minimum of 6 weeks) to help strengthen your pelvic and core muscles and reduce the impact of the prolapse.
The Natratone is easy to use and you can use it daily rather than 3x per week if you choose.
You will be able to reuse the Natratone throughout your life as the medical grade plastic is long lasting

Ask a Question. Do I need to wait for post pregnancy/birth bleeding to stop before using Smart Balls?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on December 07, 2016

When can I start using Smart Balls after childbirth?

Question

Do I need to wait for all bleeding post pregnancy to stop before using the Smart Balls? Or is it safe to use while bleeding still occurs?

Pelvic Floor Answers

We recommend that you wait at least 6 weeks until using Smart Balls and once all bleeding and bruising has healed and you have had the all clear from your midwife or health practitioner.
There can be some sensitivity after childbirth so better to wait than slow down the recovery process.

Definitely follow the instructions and use the balls for short periods with lubricant for the first few weeks.
You can use the Natratone sooner than the SmartBalls as they sit in the vaginal opening

Ask a Question. When will I know I am ready for the next level Smart Ball?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 30, 2016

Do you think I should try the next level up of the Smartball? If not now, when will I know when I'm ready for that next level?

Question.

I just have a query...my daughter is almost 15 months old - during the 30hr labour my urethra was crushed between her head and my pelvis and I then had a third degree episiotomy.
So my pelvic floor got quite a hammering. I saw a hospital physio who tested my muscles and got me doing more pelvic floor exercises.

I've also been using the Smartball Uno (the beginner one) for about 1 hour a day, doing pelvic floor exercises regularly, and doing pilates as much as I can (which is only once a week sometimes) but I still leak or at least feel compromised during high impact exercise when it involves splitting the legs!!

I'm assuming that I will get back to where I was prior to being pregnant? Some women say that's just what childbirth does but I don't want to settle for that. I feel like I'm doing a lot. My physio said not to keep the ball in all day so I usually do it for an hour or so at a time when I'm walking. So...
Do you think I should be keeping the Smartball in all day?
Or
Do you think I should try the next level up of the Smartball? If not now, when will I know when I'm ready for that next level?

Sorry for so many questions, just got a bit down on it today at the gym when I thought I would be okay. Thanks in advance.

Pelvic Floor Answers

Thank you for your enquiry and great to hear that you are so committed to recovering your pelvic floor strength. I cannot say for sure that you will be able to return to your pre-birth state, however I do think there are still options for you to improve.

My first suggestion would be to increase the amount of time you are wearing the SmartBall for as a single ball for one hour per day is not enough time do make a difference. I do NOT recommend using the double.
SmartBalls at all at this stage as they are double the weight and would be too much of a strain on your pelvic floor muscles.

Perhaps you could speak with your physio- who definitely has the specific skills and training- and ask if you can increase the amount of time you wear the single Smartball for by 30 minutes to 1 hour each week and gradually increasing the time you can wear them for, aiming ultimately to wear them for 5 to 10 hours -but not putting strain on your muscles. It is the amount of time daily plus the long term use that makes SmartBalls effective.

We have another product- called Natratone-that we recommend over SmartBalls for women who have had significant trauma and or prolapse.
This is a device that is used actively for short period of time, so actual active exercises and has been developed by women's health physios. It works a greater set of core muscles and is very effective.

Some women choose to continue to use the SmartBalls as well. I would recommend if you are in a position to purchase it that you try the Natratone and use it for a longer period that the recommended minimum of 6 weeks. You can check out the Natratone information and FAQ's on the website.

 

Ask a Question. Why are Smart Balls not recommended during pregnancy?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on August 17, 2016

Question

I am 26 years of age, I don't have any bladder weakness issues currently. I have not had children, but are in process of trying to conceive. I have been doing pilates for a few months now. Would Smart Balls be beneficial to me in any way now?

Why are they not recommended during pregnancy? Do they have any risk during that time we don't realise we are pregnant yet.

If you think smart balls would be useful, would just just suggest the beginner pack or another type?

Pelvic Floor Answers

SmartBalls are good for women of all ages and especially good in preparation for and then recovery from childbirth. Around 80% of pregnant women experience some form of bladder weakness during pregnancy, so anything you can do to get your pelvic floor muscles in shape is a good thing.
SmartBalls are not recommended for use during pregnancy because all manufacturers are cautious, especially as the balls are worn vaginally for prolonged periods of time.

Of themselves they do not cause harm and are unlikely to be a problem during the early stages of pregnancy. Once you know you are pregnant we suggest you stop using them and continue with pelvic floor exercises.

The Powerpack is the ideal as you can start on the single and progress to the double balls. The Duos are the ideal weight for strong pelvic floor muscles.

SmartBalls are designed to last for years and you can keep using them at different life stages and before and after each pregnancy if you decide to have more children.
After giving birth (at least 6 weeks when everything has healed), is a really good time to get your pelvic floor muscles back in shape to prevent long term bladder weakness issues. If you decide to have more children this will also set you up for having good pelvic floor strength during pregnancy.

If you want something you can use throughout the pregnancy as well as before and after, then Natratone is more suitable.

 

Ask a Question. Can I use Smart Balls during pregnancy?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on May 28, 2016

I was going to use the Smart Balls while pregnant, but now I am not sure.

Question

Hi, I have just brought a single ball and was wondering if I can use it during my pregnancy?
I'm 23 weeks but reading the 'how to' leaflet, it says not to use during pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Answers

We do not recommend SmartBalls for use during pregnancy, While they are not likely to cause any harm, many manufacturers are extra cautious about pregnancy. You can start using them 6 weeks after having baby provided your midwife gives you the all clear. We do recommend using them before and after each pregnancy so if you decide to have more children get in shape beforehand.

The Natratoner is one of the few pelvic floor toners that is recommended for use during pregnancy and can be used in conjunction with the Smart Balls before and after pregnancy.

Ask a Question. Lube and birth control pills

By Pelvic Floor Health
on March 31, 2016


Looking through the lube ingredients I noticed that it has grapefruit seed extract in it, Grapefruit extract can be harmful when used in conduction with birth control pills which I am on, so I'm now too concerned to use the lubricant, should I be?

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Ask a Question. What can I use for incontinence while I am pregnant?

By Pelvic Floor Health
on March 17, 2016


Improved pelvic floor tone will not only prevent bladder weakness during and after your pregnancy but also can give you more control in the birthing process and quicker recovery times.

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