I’ve been waiting for the right moment to drop this blog. And since we just added love stuff to the shop, I figured this would be the perfect time to drop some Kegel knowledge. Why not right? Don’t worry, I’ve included some funny e-cards along the way 😉
If your a women, you’ve probably heard about Kegel exercises. If your a mom, you’ve definitely heard about Kegel exercises. Eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep, and managing your weight are all important before and after baby. But getting your core muscles back to their pre-baby strength is just an important – particularly your pelvic floor. And there’s no better way to improve pelvic floor strength than with a Kegel exercise!
Despite it’s growing popularity, I’ve come to realize that not everyone knows what Kegels are, where they are or why they need exercise. Just like vaginal steaming, there is not a lot of women talking about Kegel exercises – yet. I wish I could describe some of the weird looks I would get when I talk about taking care of my vagina. Ladies, it ends today!
So what exactly is a Kegel exercise?
A Kegel exercise is a workout for your pelvic floor muscles, also known as the pubococcygeus (PC) muscles. It’s a discrete movement done typically by women (though men can do it too), with or without a Kegel exerciser, Kegel balls, or other vaginal weights. Basically, it is a workout for your who-ha. I learned to do Kegels before I became pregnant, and the exercise has really helped me to bounce back down there. At least, that’s I’ve been told. Lol
There are many ways that PC muscles can naturally weaken outside of pregnancy and childbirth. Surgery, being overweight, or simply getting older can all weaken your pelvic floor. Weak PC muscles can lead to incontinence, which can mean leaking a few drops when you sneeze to actually wetting your pants….this still happens to me sometimes and I gave birth over a year ago. But according to recent studies, close to 40% of new moms report leaky bladders after childbirth and half of all women who have children will experience some form of pelvic weakness. So if you are like me, don’t feel too bad, apparently we are not alone.
Even if you got it going on down there, adding in some regular Kegel exercises can help prevent future pelvic issues. Kegel exercises are the best way to strengthen your PC muscles, whether you’ve had child or not. Strong PC muscles support your pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, and bowel) to help you maintain control over urination and bowel movements. Kegel exercise can also play a factor in sexual enjoyment for both partners. In fact, some women can have an orgasm simply through Kegel exercises – sorry guys. I’ve found that this is especially possible when Kegel balls or a Kegel exerciser is in place 🙂