2 Mar 2022 | 4 min Read
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Kegel exercises or Kegels are clench-and-release exercises that help to strengthen and train the pelvic floor, improve bowel control, and treat bladder problems.
These exercises train the pelvic floor, which is made up of muscles and tissues and form a sling, to keep the organs in place. This reduces the risk of developing a weak pelvic floor that could cause urinary incontinence (leaking of urine), as well as bowel issues.
While these exercises are beneficial to all, Kegels are especially useful to expecting mothers and can be performed during pregnancy as well as postpartum, post advise from the doctor.
Kegel exercises are an easy way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. They involve squeezing and relaxing muscles in the pelvic and genital areas.
These muscles support the pelvic organs, including the bladder, uterus, small intestine and rectum.
Kegel or pelvic floor exercises are quite beneficial, especially during delivery. If done correctly, they help keep the bladder, rectum and uterus in place, and also keep urine from leaking.
As shared, Kegel exercises can improve and maintain your bladder and bowel control by increasing the strength, endurance and correct function of these important muscles.
Here’s how you can benefit by adding Kegel exercises to your daily fitness routine:
Kegel exercise is easy to do. Here are some of the ways:
The muscles you’re tightening are the same ones you’ll want to contract when you practice Kegels. If you are not sure, your healthcare provider can help you locate the right muscles.
It’s never too early to start doing Kegel exercises. But the more regularly you practice them throughout your pregnancy, the greater shall be the benefits.
You can restart your Kegel exercises immediately after your delivery.
There are several kegel apps for Android and iOS like Magic Kegel, Kegel Trainer, Fitonomy, Squeezy and Mommymove. These apps take you through different Kegel exercises and help you set goals and track your progress. Some apps also give you daily reminders ensuring you do not miss on kegels.
If done regularly and correctly, your bladder control will improve within a few months. If you want to keep your pelvic muscles in shape, healthcare practitioners recommend making them a lifelong habit.
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