The first time I heard about pelvic floor exercises was from my Mom. As a young woman she instructed me in the kegel exercises her OB told her about. She explained that you should squeeze muscles while you were peeing to start and stop the flow of urine to get the muscles right.
Mom was partially right. The muscle that stops and starts the flow of urine is involved in pelvic floor control however, it misses the much larger picture. Your pelvic floor muscles are an intricate balance of muscles, organs, strength and timing.
Here are 3 pelvic floor exercises I do before bed, even when I’m too tired to do much else.
Pelvic Floor Muscles
To address kegel exercises I must first talk about your pelvic floor muscles. If Kegel exercises are designed to address a weakness in the pelvic floor, you are probably wondering what your pelvic floor is.
Your pelvic floor is very important because it supports your intestines, bladder, uterus, organs and maintains urinary and anal continence via sphincters. (1) Weakness can cause all sorts of issues including peeing yourself a little bit to a whole lot and pelvic organ prolapse: When your organs drop into your vaginal canal at varying degrees. They even impact orgasm quality and control of your rectum.
So what are your pelvic floor muscles? Here they are!
What is Urinary Incontinence?
One of the rudest and most inappropriate things ever said to me came from a nurse! When leaving the delivery room, moments after I had my son, she said “wait until you see how you pee yourself after delivering a 9lb baby.” I thought, what a horrible thing to say!
Her words have stuck with me and I think about it often. How ignorant! The fact is, urinary incontinence impacts many women every day. There is a social stigma attached, talking about the topic is taboo and as a society we seem to brush it aside. What is urinary incontinence? What are the risk factors and treatments available? Here’s an overview.