As I was about to post articles on Kegels, I've actually found an article counter imposing this exercise regime. I was like 'woah' as these qualifed trainers do have a huge background and experience.
As a personal summary I can conclude, balance is key and I believe we don't need to do too much of one thing.... I like the article below best.
Here are some legitimate description on what Kegels are for our Pelvic floor muscles:
Courtesy of the wonderful Mummy Trainer
No More Kegels During Pregnancy!
If you over exercise your Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) by continually squeezing and drawing upwards, the muscle can become too strong and could prevent you from pushing baby out effectively.
When the time comes and your labour has progressed, you've got to 10cm and you think great this is it, the last leg! But you still have to push baby out, what if you can't feel how to push because your PFM are too tight? PFM that are too strong may prevent you from the natural birth you want.
Ideally we want our PFM to be long, supple and taut we definitely don't want it to be too tight! Your PFM is just like any other muscle in the human body, you can over exercise it.
You certainly would not, the muscles would be fatigued, sore and you would probably be walking with rounded shoulders and arms like Popeye!
I'm sure we can all relate to sore neck and shoulder muscles but once a massage therapist has worked on the over-tight muscles increasing flexibility they don't feel sore anymore.
It's only when you have spent the next 3 days at your computer with your shoulders up to your ears that the soreness returns.
We don't want PFM that are to tight caused by Over-Exercising them and we don't want PFM to be too Saggy Caused by Poor Posture and lack of Exercise.
If however the pelvis is in the opposite position-posterior it will have the opposite effect. Instead of a taut muscle it will now be saggy, so you can say goodbye to skipping!
Think about your posture and do it daily it's important, avoid sitting and standing with your tail bone tucked under.
Now for the Exercise You Need to do!
Weak glutes not only equate to lower back pain during pregnancy but now you know a lazy butt can relate to a weak PFM.
Its important that you learn how squat correctly. If you are unsure of how to squat or you experience pain in your knees or back watch my video guide. Squatting During Pregnancy:
Finally We are Born to Give birth:
I think we need to give ourselves some credit. The female body is totally amazing not only can we make a baby but we are also born to give birth. If we keep ourselves fit and healthy with functional exercise then we may well be able to skip and jump with our children without fear of peeing ourselves post birth.
2 years ago I wrote an article on ‘How much pelvic floor muscle exercise you should do during your pregnancy if you Exercise’ with the emphasis being on NONE: Link No More Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise-AKA Kegels!
You also must read my brand new blog (feb 2014) on core muscle dysfunction which explains even further the problems you may have by doing kegel exercises read more here on my website: Core Muscle Dysfunction
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