Monday, May 26, 2014

Kegel exercise

Hello everyone. Congrats to my few friends who have become parents recently. It is a nice feeling to become a parent and also a lot of responsibility comes with it.
Recently I was chatting with one of my friend who does research on the process of  episiotomy(this is related to child delivery process). As she was asking me some questions about the delivery process, she told me "Finally someone who did Kegel". That made me realize that most  people are not aware of "Kegel exercise" s and it would be a good topic to focus on.
Most women who have undergone natural childbirth process will know what episiotomy is. The whole process of pregnancy and childbirth is something very specific to woman. We all know that a woman's body goes through so many changes. Usually after delivery it takes time for the mother to recover completely. But most of the times she is very busy with other things like nursing and taking care of the baby , that she doesn't take care of herself very much.
After my first delivery I thought I was done with the process, then slowly I realized that it was just the beginning. One good thing I followed was to do some kegel exercises to recover faster.  The prenatal yoga teacher told me this "Do kegel exercises whenever you nurse the baby for faster recovery". Good that I remembered this.
Kegel exercise : Contract your bottom muscle like you want to stop urinating and release it. Repeat this at least 10 times and do it 3 times a day. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum. 
Why Kegel exercises matter:
Many factors can weaken your pelvic floor muscles, including pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, aging and being. Kegel exercises can be done during pregnancy or after childbirth to try to prevent urinary incontinence.
Apart from just child birth it is a good practice to do it on  a regular basis. Looks like  men can also do them . Google more to find out about it. Please share your thoughts on this and also if doing kegel helped you to recover faster.
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