Do you want a better natural birth outcome?
Kegel exercises are very important. We usually associate Kegel exercises with tightness, which makes it seem like delivery would be more of a struggle. These results suggest the benefits are more about control than anything else.
Doctors encourage pregnant women to stay active in the months leading up to delivery and to do pelvic floor exercises as well. One study in 2004 involving about 300 women prescribed a program for training the pelvic muscles between weeks 20 and 36 of pregnancy to about half the participants When it came time to give birth, the women who had been performing Kegel exercises experienced easier labour than those who didn’t try the program.
What are Kegel exercises?
Kegel exercises are exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. You might also hear them called pelvic floor exercises. They affect the muscles that support your uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum. Kegels don’t just help keep them fit, they can help you avoid bladder leaks and passing gas or stool by accident. They can even improve your orgasms.
The benefits of Kegel Exercise.
When they’re working as they should, your pelvic floor muscles may never cross your mind. But as you age, they can start to weaken. This puts you at risk for a condition doctors call pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Basically, your pelvic organs start to droop. They can fall into or out of your vagina. If you’ve had a hysterectomy, your vaginal tissues can start to come out of your body.
Other things that put you at risk for POP include:
- Giving birth through the vagina.
- Surgery in the pelvic area (C-section or hysterectomy)
- Frequent coughing, laughing, or sneezing (it pushes on the pelvic organs)
Kegel exercises aren’t just for women. They can strengthen men’s pelvic floor muscles, too. These muscles support your bladder and bowel and affect sexual function. Kegels can help if you have trouble with bladder or bowel incontinence, or if you dribble after you pee. They can make sex better by giving you more feeling during an orgasm and greater control over ejaculation.
How long does Kegel exercises take to work?
How long does it take to see results from Kegel exercises? Patients commonly experience results, such as improved urinary continence, within three to six weeks of regularly performing Kegel exercises.
Kegels aren’t harmful. In fact, you can make them a part of your daily routine. Do them while you’re brushing your teeth, driving to work, eating dinner, or watching TV.
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