Many women start performing Kegel exercises while still pregnant, as strengthened muscles can ease delivery. Women who have practiced Kegel exercises are less likely to suffer from hemorrhoids and loss of bladder control, two common pregnancy issues.
However, even if you did not start Kegel exercises while pregnant, they are still beneficial to you as a new mom. After you have given birth, Kegel exercises help strengthen the bladder and heal the perianal area. They may even help you reach orgasm more readily. To learn more about simple exercises following birth, as well as vaginal rejuvenation options, get in touch with a skilled gynecologist today.
Kegel exercises are also known as pelvic floor exercises. These exercises can help strengthen muscles in your pelvic floor region, which include:
The pelvic floor muscles fit between your hips and support all of these vital components in this area.
You can practice your Kegel exercises anytime, anyplace, because you are the only one aware you are doing them. You can do them while waiting in line at the supermarket, sitting in your car at a light, or while nursing your baby. You can even do them while having sex with your partner – it is an exercise usually much appreciated.
First, you have to locate the necessary muscles. The simplest way is to stop urinating in the middle of the flow. That is a muscle you want to contract, but do not do so while urinating once you have identified it. Contract the muscles when you do not have to pee. Another way to ensure you locate the correct muscle: Wash your hands, stick a finger into your vagina and contract the muscles around the finger. Done correctly, the Kegel contracts your vagina around your finger, but the rest of your lower body is not moving.
Once you ID the muscle, begin by tightening for five seconds and then relaxing for five seconds, several times in a row. Once the muscle strengthens, tighten and relax for ten seconds each. Work up to doing Kegels at least three times daily, with 20 tightening and relaxing exercises each session.
Most new mothers only need to repeat Kegel exercises for a few months post-birth, but there is no reason not to continue doing them for the rest of your life to keep your pelvic floor in top shape.
Natural childbirth stretches your vagina, making it loose. Once you have completed your family, consider undergoing vaginoplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation, to restore your vagina to its pre-childbirth state.
Women report greater sexual self-confidence, higher libido, and better orgasms after this procedure. Vaginoplasty also aids women dealing with long-term urinary incontinence problems not responsive to regular Kegel exercises.
If you have questions about Kegel exercises for new mothers, vaginal rejuvenation or any other gynecological issues, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and arrange a consultation.