Something I was asked a lot from my midwifes whilst pregnant with the boys was “Are you doing your Kegals?”… Yes, yes I’d nod to them each and every time. Now please tell me I’m not the only one nodding yes to these ladies but inside nodding no, not really… I haven’t had time, I haven’t really thought about it. When the health visitor mentioned why I should be doing them during my last visit something hit me, maybe I should be doing these… I mean I have had a few of those symptoms and I guess they will only get worse as I get older. SO what are the symptoms you get if you don’t do your Kegals, and what are Kegals? Let me tell you more and how you can prevent any embarrassing situations that could arise in the future.
OK so a Kegal is basically a name for Pelvic Floor exercise which strengthens the muscles. They are done by flexing and strengthening the muscles in your pelvic floor, which can be a little odd at first and if you are like me and are rather forgetful then pretty useless too.
Pelvic floor problems are extremely common and some health issues that can arise from weak Pelvic Floor muscles are; incontinence, leakage of urine during (oops moments), reduced core stability, lower back and hip problems, pelvic organ prolapse, constipation and even intercourse.
I’m not going to lie, since having Renzo I have had a few ahem oops moments shall we say which I’m guessing is pretty normal for someone who has not long given birth but it’s not something I’d like to live with. I’d also like to mention that weak Pelvic Floors doesn’t just occur in pregnant or postpartum women, many men and suffer with this issue so it’s something that should be addressed and something that we should be educated on.
Luckily there are things you can do to strengthen these muscles and they can help within weeks. We’ve already spoken about The Kegal but again if you are a little lazy like me then there are other things you could try and websites you can go to for help and support. White Pharmacy is a knowledgeable, trusted and reliable resource to help with you sexual wellbeing, pelvic floor issues being one of them. White Pharmacy can also offer you a range of products to assist the exercising of your pelvic floor muscles, yes I said products… what could these be? Keep reading.
You could try a pelvic floor exerciser, yep these actually exist! This is the perfect keep-fit gadget for your pelvic floors. Why use a Pelvic Floor Exerciser? Firstly you can be assured you are doing things correctly, when you are doing Kegals sometimes It’s hard to know if you are doing them right. Whilst using a Pelvic Floor Excersiser You can compete against yourself whilst strengthening those muscles, usually these exercisers come with apps or have some sort of device to tell you how you are doing. And you can also be assured you are flexing the right muscles, it’s like your very own personal trainer.. just a hidden and very discreet one!
Different Ways to Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles
- Kegal Exercises (Tip: Use an app to track your Kegals)
- Pelvic Floor Exercisers
- Pelvic Floor Exercises such as Squats (Stand against a wall, feet hip-width apart. Inhale, engage your pelvic floor, and lower yourself into a squat as though sitting in a chair. Hold for 10 seconds.)
By working on your Pelvic Floor you can impove a number of things such as; your bladder control, your core stability & strength (which can help improve your sporting activities), prevention of a pelvic organ prolapse, risk of constipation and even more fabulous your sex life! There really is no need to suffer in silence. Many of us openly talk about these issues to help others and social media is a great way to learn and hear about other peoples experiences.
Do you do your Kegals? Lets Discuss!
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