Carrying and delivering a baby creates many changes in a woman’s body.
One of the areas most affected but little talked about is the perineum. You know, that part of the female anatomy that cops a fair weight-bearing load during pregnancy, and then needs to turn around and stretch like a rubber band for natural delivery. And sometimes needs surgical repair afterwards.
Staying with my heavily pregnant sister in Paris, today I learnt that the French government funds new mothers for perineal recovery sessions.
I found a New York Times article from 2007 which describes the process. Perineal sit-ups, electrostimulation and video games are all included.
Quelle fantastique! Damn, the French do it well.
[image thanks to Ed Biernan on flickr]