Kegel special about pelvic floor strength
During pregnancy and delivery, urine leakage is common. The same goes for after childbirth. Do your Kegel exercises regularly and strengthen your pelvic floor to reduce the problems.
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Reviewed by Ingela Ågren
As many as every fourth women suffers from incontinence at some stage in her life. It makes it a women’s health problem. All women are therefore recommended to start doing Kegel exercises as early as possible.
Kegel exercises train your pelvic floor, and they are good for both women and men. The muscles holding up the pelvic floor are surrounding the urinary tract, rectum, and vagina. The stress on the pelvis is at its highest when you are pregnant, which makes it even more important to do Kegel exercises. One of the advantages of Kegel exercises is that the body’s muscle memory supports you if you get pregnant again and have done your Kegel exercises between pregnancies, you will have fewer problems with incontinence next time. Another advantage is that you will probably have better sex after you have given birth.
But it can be pretty difficult to “squeeze” correctly and it doesn’t matter if you are really fit in all other respects. The vagina becomes more elastic during the pregnancy and there’s extra load on the pelvic floor, which is weakened by this. Pushing out your baby during the delivery is another major strain. The Kegel exercises strengthen the muscles around the pelvic floor containing both slow and fast muscle fibers. That is why you need to train both strength and endurance.
But you need to do the Kegel exercises correctly. If you push yourself as much as you can but do it incorrectly, it doesn’t have any effect. You need to work the right muscles. If you are unsure how to go about it correctly, you can talk to your midwife. Once you have found the muscles, you can do the exercises anywhere, like when you are standing in line at the supermarket, on the bus, or when you are doing the dishes.
Reviewed by Ingela Ågren
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