While most women know the importance of exercise, one area of their body where they may not think about exercising is their vagina and pelvic floor muscles. However, because many women experience pregnancy and childbirth, it is very important to exercise this area regularly. With each child that you have, this area seems to become weaker and weaker. This is often due to the movement of the pelvic floor and surrounding muscles that happens each time a woman gets pregnant and her body prepares to deliver a baby. Thankfully, there are a variety of exercises known as Kegels that were created specifically to work this area of a woman's body. These exercises can generally be done anywhere and they require no equipment at all. Also, because they can't be seen externally, you can do them without anyone noticing that you are. This article will discuss 2 benefits of doing Kegel exercises.
One benefit of doing Kegel exercises is to improve a leaking bladder. If you find that you happen to wet yourself when you jump or otherwise perform some kind of high impact movement, this is likely due to weakened pelvic floor muscles and can be incredibly frustrating and even be embarrassing for you. When you perform a Kegel exercise, you are going to tighten your pelvic floor muscles, and then hold them tight for a few seconds before releasing them. This should be done a few times each day, in order to slowly build up the strength in your pelvic floor, just as with other types of exercise. When you do these kegel exercises, no other muscles should be working, because this means that you aren't focused on the pelvic floor exclusively. Doing this regularly can strengthen your pelvic floor and help reduce or even eliminate your leaking bladder.
After you give birth, you can experience something called uterine prolapse. This is when the pelvic muscles and ligaments become so weak that your uterus actually falls down and out of place. When this happens, a portion of the uterus (known as the neck) can actually bulge out of your vagina. This is not only uncomfortable but can also be very unsafe. If this is something that you are experiencing, then you may want to consider doing kegel exercises to help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and ligaments. Doing so will help to strength these muscles, allowing them to better hold in your uterus, and more specifically the neck of your uterus.