After my incontinence surgery my surgeon sent me to physical therapy. She told me just like any other body part the pelvic floor needed to be rehabbed following surgery.
I was so glad I went. The physical therapist made me aware of how often I was holding my breathe and how my pelvic floor needed to not only be a little stronger, but also more relaxed. I had no idea it was important to be able to do both, but she explained to me a non-relaxing pelvic floor could be just as harmful as a weak pelvic floor.
She taught me several exercises to help me with all these issues including “belly breathing” exercises. She also told me to stop and to hold and clench my rear end throughout the day. In the end, I believe I had a better surgical outcome and possibly helped prevent future issues with my pelvic floor.