But what about overactive muscles?
Notice that we have been talking about pelvic floor control rather than just strength. These are muscles like any other muscles and to work properly, they need the appropriate amount of tone and length. They are designed to stretch so that your baby can come out, but you will need to learn how to release them. In this way, you may be able to prevent tearing or having to have an episiotomy during the delivery. It is also important to be able to release your PFM even when you are not pregnant to help avoid over-activity in these muscles, and prevent patterns of chronic pain which can develop when these muscles are overactive.