Women cannot deny the fact that childbirth put’s enormous stress on our bodies. I am yet to find anyone who thinks otherwise.
During pregnancy my body went through a lot of changes, such as developing a hole in my tooth, eventhough i took my dental appointments quite seriously. I did not have a hole in my tooth pre-pregnancy but it happened. The joys of motherhood!
The major shocker was the look of my vagina. I could not believe the state of my ”down stairs department”. It looked like a horror movie sorry too much information.
I could not hold my urine long enough. I use to wet myself when i sneeze, laugh too hard or bend over to pick something off the floor.
KEGELS DID THE MAGIC!
Kegel excercise strengthens the pelvic floor muscles which supports the bladder, small intestine, uterus. kegel excercise is also known as pelvic floor training.
Kegel helps control urinary incontinence and other pelvic floor problems such as prolapse, vaginal floor weakness due to childbirth or prolonged labour.
HOW TO DO KEGELS
To find the right muscles, you can do that by lying flat on your back. With clean washed hands insert a finger into your vagina. Try squeezing your vaginal walls around your finger. That is the muscles to excercise.
Once you are able to locate those muscles, excersing them can be done sitting, standing or lying down. whichever suits you.
Kegels can be done many times in a day. The more you excercise those muscles the stronger it becomes.
There are a few clinical aids out there on the market to aid you target your pelvic floor accurately. Some come with probes others do not. Whichever does the magic for you is absolutely fine, eventhough some come with additional features. It all depends on how much you are willing to spend.
- To my ladies do not wait until you start bearing children to start kegel excercises.
- Start your kegels as soon as you are cleared from your 6 weeks postnatal check-up.
- Make kegels an everyday routine.