Knowing about Kegels in pregnancy
2 min Read During pregnancy, or if you have recently given birth, you must have heard of Kegel exercise. Kegel, a pelvic floor strengthening exercise developed in the 1940s by Dr. Arnold Kegel if doneproperly helps your pelvic and vaginal muscle to be strong to help during labor and to help minimize postpartum incontinence. Kegels […]

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During pregnancy, or if you have recently given birth, you must have heard of Kegel exercise. Kegel, a pelvic floor strengthening exercise developed in the 1940s by Dr. Arnold Kegel if done
properly helps your pelvic and vaginal muscle to be strong to help during labor and to help minimize postpartum incontinence. Kegels not only supports reproductive organs and controls bladder function, it also helps delay pelvic organ prolapse / incontinence as age progresses. Kegels can prevent signs like urge incontinence that can result from growing children.
Who should do Kegels
Women of any age group should perform Kegels, especially pregnant women and
postnatal women. During pregnancy, performing Kegels is a unique and effective way to
keep the pelvic floor muscle strong

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Why do it
Like any other muscle in the body, you have to be attentive enough
to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles or keep it strong throughout life.
During pregnancy, performing Kegels becomes more important due to the weight
of the baby on the bladder especially during the last trimester.
The pelvic floor is active throughout daily activities, from sitting to standing
single position exercise


The correct way to play Kegels
To perform Kegels, it is important to understand how to find the pelvic floor muscles, for identification, while urinating, stop the flow halfway, hold for 3 seconds, relax and allow the flow to continue to flow. repeat several times to figure out the correct muscle to tighten / Squeeze and relax. Remember, this is only a test or a way to understand the pelvic floor muscles.

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Kegels can be performed in any position, standing / sitting / lying down, at any time without anyone knowing. Just contract / tighten the vaginal muscles and relax as if trying to stop urine, you need to make an empty / relaxed bladder. If done correctly, i.e. from back to front, a slight contraction is felt in the lower abdominal muscle. It is also equally important to relax / lengthen / relax the pelvic floor muscle.

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How many times to repeat
The number of repeats depends on your condition and what an ob-GYN physiotherapist prescribes for you / rehabilitation following prolapse / incontinence / injury / post-surgery / stress incontinence or pelvic pain / painful intercourse / childbirth. if no particular condition, Kegels should be done every 4 hours 10 contractions, contract 3 seconds of maintenance and repeat in a day.
Benefits

  • Stronger pelvic floor muscle
  • Better bladder control
  • Better control to avoid rectal incontinence
  • A tighter vagina, which can lead to more pleasurable sex

To take away
The best way to know whether or not to use Kegels during pregnancy is to have your pelvic floor evaluated and to honestly look at the symptoms. During pregnancy, it is an effective way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscle and prevent incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, help labor and delivery, remember, focus or muscle contraction as well as release, so that you will be optimally prepared to bring the baby into the world.

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