The Kegel muscles are the group of muscles that support your uterus, bladder and bowels. They are designed to stretch so that you can carry and deliver your baby, and amazingly you can exercise and tone these muscles very easily, which is extremely beneficial for many reasons, including the delivery and for helping them return to strength after they have stretched and taken the strain of both carrying the weight of your baby and giving birth.
Every woman can benefit from Kegal exercises strengthening the pelvic floor however it is particularly important for a new mum. Pregnancy hormones which relax these muscles and the weight of the growing uterus and the strain of delivery all take their toll on the Kegal muscles and it is usual to experience some urinary and sometimes bowl incontinence later in your pregnancy and after giving birth. Whilst Kegal exercises alone cannot necessary prevent these irksome side effects of your pregnancy and baby’s birth, learning to do effective Kegal exercises will certainly help minimise these and speed return to your pre-pregnancy self.
How to do Kegel Exercises
Make Kegel exercises a part of your daily routine for general pelvic floor strength and to help bring the muscles back to pre-pregnancy strength. Kegel exercises are not an overnight solution but with patience and a regular approach you can expect results!