Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic floor exercises are often also called Kegel exercises. They are promoted as the starting point for building pelvic floor strength.
I am a strong advocate for including pelvic floor exercises in both your prenatal and postnatal workouts. This why you will find dedicated workouts for each week in my online program.
During pregnancy and after childbirth, your pelvic floor muscles are lengthened and weakened and as a result can cause incontinence. If you strengthen your pelvic floors then you will be helping to prevent or reduce the severity of incontinence.
In other words; if you perform pelvic floor exercises correctly they can help to protect you from leaking urine during and also after your baby is born. Be sure to see how our post-baby recovery and exercise program can help you to restore pelvic floor function.
You will experience many body changes when pregnant and also after childbirth. By strengthening your pelvic floor now you can help reduce or prevent incontinence.
During the postnatal period, you must also include safe diastasis recti exercises to ensure you do not cause further separation.
Where are Your Pelvic Floor Muscles?
The pelvic floor muscles are between your pubic bone at the front and your tailbone at the back. The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, bowl and uterus. The openings from your bladder, your bowels and your womb all pass through your pelvic floor. They also maintain bladder and bowel control.
Why are Pelvic Floor Exercises Important Later in Life?
Often later on in life, after menopause, a weak pelvic floor can lead to prolapse which is where the pelvic organs move down and push against the walls of the vagina.
The good news is that by performing exercises now to protect your pelvic floor you can reduce the possibility of this occurring. When you perform Kegel exercises you must pay attention to using the correct technique to ensure maximum benefit.
Pelvic Floor Exercises with Kerryn
Watch this video as I show you how to correctly perform pelvic floor exercises.
Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Problems
Learning how to correctly do your pelvic floor exercises can be a challenge. But once you know how to do them, they can be done anywhere without someone knowing. The benefits go well beyond pregnancy and the postpartum period. A strong pelvic floor will help you for life.