Kegel exercise is basically exercise of pelvic muscles and involves continuous contraction and relaxation of these muscles which helps a lot during pregnancy. They help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels. It is believed that pregnant women who perform Kegel exercises often have lesser pain during labor. Besides this we have a list of other benefits that you can get performing this exercise regularly.
Easy labor and birth
By performing Kegels on a regular basis you will lesser labor pain. The posture stretches pelvic muscles and as in the birth process its more about contraction and relaxation of muscles it eventually becomes a lot easier if you have been doing kegels for long.
The reason that continuously bothers during pregnancy is frequent urination urge and for many its not bearable even for a short time. This is because during pregnancy the uterus expands and puts pressure on the bladder and kegel exercise helps to achieve some control over urination. Exercising the pelvic muscles one can strengthen and improve the function of rectal sphincter and urethra.
Healing pelvic muscles
Pelvic pain is unavoidable because the muscles undergo severe exertion after giving birth. So its important to give it proper time to heal. Performing kegel exercise regularly increases blood circulation and also helps the perineal muscles to heal faster.
This exercise helps in getting back in shape and also tones the vaginal muscles.
How to perform it:
Once you have located your pelvic floor muscles, contract these muscles for 5-10 seconds, then relax, repeating 10-20 times. (Make sure to empty your bladder before doing your Kegals!). The best part of the exercise is that you can do it anywhere without getting noticed.