Because pelvic floor muscles support the urethra, bladder, uterus, and rectum, doing kegel exercises will not only help strengthen and tone these muscles. It will also help eliminate and prevent diseases and health problems related to these organs. In fact, these exercises were originally developed by Dr. Arnold Kegel in the 1940s to help women with urinary incontinence or diminished bladder control.
According to reports, doing these exercises is extremely beneficial not only to treat and prevent urinary incontinence, but also in helping new moms and soon to be moms in dealing with pregnancy, giving birth, and post partum effects. Below are some of the top reasons why new moms should consider including kegel exercises as part of their exercise routines.
So here are the top reasons why you should do it:
- Nearly up to 25 percent of new moms experience urinary incontinence due to stress. A small amount of urine will leak every time a new mom laughs, coughs, or sneezes. Doing these exercises while still pregnant and right after giving birth will help prevent urinary incontinence as it strengthens the pelvic floor muscles and induces them to function properly.
- Doing these exercises is very simple. It does not even require special private places and classes to do it properly and effectively. Unlike other type of exercises, these type of exercises will not make you tired.
- Kegel exercises can be done in several positions and do not require a particular position. It can be completed in any time and place, whatever you are doing. You can do the exercise while watching TV, cooking, driving, or talking over the phone.
- Pelvic floor muscles are among the top priorities in pregnancy recovery. In fact, experts often focus on kegels and these muscles when talking about exercise while still pregnant and after giving birth.
- Neglected pelvic floor muscles after giving birth have the tendency to sag. Without proper care and exercise, it will continue to sag over time. This will eventually result in health problems with a woman's bladder, uterus, bowel, and the organs that surround them.
- Weak and unhealthy muscles affect your sexual experience. It may result for you and your partner not to feel anything during intercourse.
- Kegel exercises are the only known exercise to keep pelvic floor muscles toned, strong, and healthy.
- Doing these exercises will increase the strength and elasticity of pelvic floor muscles, which will help support pelvic organs including the uterus and the baby, if you do this while you are still pregnant.
- These exercises while pregnant will decrease the chances of injuring the pelvic floor during childbirth.
- Practicing such exercises before and after having a baby will help you heal easily as well as maintain control of your bladder and a more satisfactory sex life.
- Doing the exercise while still pregnant help prepare women's bodies for the stress of childbirth.
- Kegel exercises help tone and strengthen the puboccygeus muscle or the pubic muscle. Strengthened pubic muscles before childbirth can help the pubic area retain enough muscle tone to make childbirth easier for women.
Indeed, there are lots of benefits to why women should start doing kegel exercises now, whether they are pregnant, an elderly, or at post partum. On the other hand, to ensure you will achieve the best results, do kegel exercises properly. Seek guidance from your physician or gynecologist to know how to do kegel exercises properly. Also, make sure you do it regularly. Make it a part of your daily routine. Like many other type of exercises, doing it irregularly or stopping after every few weeks will not yield results.