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Kegel Exercises and Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, the more you can do to stay fit and help your body get ready for labor and delivery, the easier that whole process will be. That’s not to say that labor and delivery will ever be easy or painless, but the better shape your body is in the less likely you are to experience complications. You’re also less likely to require a variety of medical interventions, including things like pain treatment or an episiotomy. One of the ways you can help your body get ready for birth is through Kegel exercises during pregnancy.

Kegel exercises during pregnancy are also known as “pelvic floor” exercises. These exercises help to make those muscles that support your uterus, bowel and bladder stronger. They also help to make the muscles of the vagina stronger. All of these play a role in labor and delivery.

How exactly do Kegel exercises during pregnancy help to make labor and delivery easier? When you strengthen these muscles, you will find that you have a greater degree of muscle control. This means you have more impact and control of delivery. You’ll also find that Kegel exercises during pregnancy help to reduce or even eliminate bladder leaking as well as hemorrhoids.

After you’ve had your baby, you can do Kegel exercises to help with recovery, as well. It will help with the healing of the perineum. It can help you get back control of your bladder. It will also strengthen the muscles on your pelvic floor.

Doing Kegel exercises are relatively easy, and you can do them just about anywhere. Here are the steps to figuring out how to do them:

  1. Locate the right muscles. You can do this when you stop your urine flow.
  2. Contract the muscles of the pelvic floor for 10 seconds, then relax.
  3. Repeat this contracting between 10 and 20 times.
  4. Repeat the exercises at least three times each day.
  5. Don’t let your abdominal, buttock or leg muscles move when you’re doing Kegel exercises.

Kegel exercises during pregnancy are a great way to help labor and delivery go as smooth as possible.

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