October 16, 2013

Easiest Way to Remember to do Kegels

If you are a smart woman, you know the value of doing kegels. Kegels strengthen the muscles in your pelvic floor and help reduce the dreaded womanly issue of urinary incontinence as you age. If you are pregnant and want to increase your chances of having a fast and easy delivery sans the dreaded tearing, do your kegels. If you want to be able to control your bladder and not accidentally pee yourself after you sneeze, do your kegels. ;)

What are Kegels? It is a simple exercise that builds your pelvic floor muscles. In the bathroom, if you stop the flow of pee, you can feel the muscles of your pelvic floor that you should exercise. It is recommended that you squeeze those muscles and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat this several times in a row. That exercise is called kegels and it should be repeated three times daily. You can read more about kegels on the Mayo Clinic website. 

There can be so many prenatal health and pre-baby tasks to remember to do when you are pregnant that kegels seem so easy to slip the mind. When your pregnant brain is already overwhelmed and hopped up on hormonal surges, it becomes impossible to remember to do kegels even once a day.


I figured out the easiest way to remember to do kegels! I am reminded to do them after going to the bathroom, simply because that is where I learned to do the exercise. It is important to do them on an empty bladder in order not to weaken your muscles. After you are done peeing, simply remain on the toilet and do some kegels. And since you have to go to the bathroom a billion times a day when you are pregnant, you have plenty of opportunities.

Kegel away and be healthy! 

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