|I keep hearing about Kegels. Do I really have to do these
It is absolutely vital that you improve the strength and
tone of the muscles in the area of your vagina. The tedium
of these exercises is worth it when you realize the benefits.
Even if you do not deliver vaginally, these muscles can
become slack during your pregnancy due to the pressure of
your uterus and the natural softening of your tissues that
takes place towards the end of your pregnancy. Kegels will
help reduce your stress incontinence, assist you during
labour and also speed up your recovery after the birth.
This is a habit you should get into for the rest of your
First check that you can identify the muscles required
by halting the flow while urinating. Once you are familiar
with the sensation of contracting these muscles you should
do this exercise for ten seconds, repeating four times.
This group of exercises should be repeated several times
during each day. It may be necessary to build up to this
intensity of the exercise, but you must persevere. You will
build this muscle eventually, and once you have you will
have done yourself an important service. Continuing to do
this exercise routine after the birth of the baby will significantly
speed up the rate at which your body recovers.
While you are settling down and finding your way with your
baby you may let many things that once seemed important
slip. The dirty kitchen is not a priority. However the Kegel
exercises is one of the few things that are important to
carry on with. It really makes a difference.