Kegels During Pregnancy

Do what now during pregnancy?

Oh, just the same old thing you hear all the time: exercise.

Kegels are an exercise to do doing pregnancy that’s just way too easy and the best part is you get a ton of benies back for doing them.

Dr. Arthur Kegel is the “inventor” for this type of exercise.  Back in the 1940s he started suggesting these exercises to his pregnant patients that aim at working on the pelvic floor muscles. Now you’re probably trying to figure out how the pelvis made it to the floor.  Those are the muscles that help you push the baby out when it comes time to birth the little one.  Not only to kegels work with these muscles but they also help build up the urethra, bladder, uterus and rectum so that when it comes time for birthing everything is nice and strong and ready to give you an easier birthday for you and your baby.

That’s just part of the benefits you’ll receive!  You see, when the muscles are stronger they have become that way by working out with them.  It’s the same concept if you play a sport.  You lift weights to work on toning the body and muscles so you can throw the ball farther or kick the ball harder – the sports become easier.  So bearing down with those pushes for getting your new child downkegels during pregnancy the birth canal and to the new world becomes easier and a little less painful.  Since kegels work with the parts of the body used for childbirth you will also have a better chance that the vagina won’t tear.  You shouldn’t be expecting any incontinence either.  Then, when you’re ready to fool around again with your significant other, the kegels’ ability to work with the vaginal muscles makes sex a bit more pleasurable too.

How do you do the kegels exercise anyway?  Easy-peasy, that’s how.  Alright, pretending like you’re trying not to pee and contract (tighten) your pelvic floor muscles and then release after only around three seconds.  Ta-da! You just did your first kegels exercise.  Now, for best results you’ll want to do the kegels like this to start and work your way up to ten second holds.  Once you have these ten second holds down, do about three or four sets of kegels with twenty to twenty-five contractions per set every day.  You could still throw in some three seconds holds too, if you want.  By the way, when you’re doing the contractions of the pelvic muscles, don’t squeeze in on the buttocks or abdominal muscles.  This won’t be as healthy as the kegels.

Now that you have the exercise down, where and when should you do the kegels?  The nifty thing is, the answer is anywhere, any time.  Heck, give the kegels during pregnancy a shot while you watch television, stand in line at a grocery store in a bank or even while you’re driving and you’ve come to a stop light.  Once you’ve had your new baby, don’t stop this exercise.  It’s a great way to stay in shape even after childbirth.  Since they’re so easy you won’t have a problem fitting the kegels into your daily routine either.

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