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Let's Talk about Kegels

January 27th, 2017 | By: Nancy Ripton
Let's admit it, having a baby can make a mess down there. Find out how Kegel exercises can help, plus how to master the right technique.

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Let's Talk about Kegels

Kegel exercises are one of the best ways to prep your body for labor and also help restore pelvic health after giving birth. Not sure how to do pelvic floor exercises? Here’s how to perfect the Kegel:

What are Kegel exercises?

Kegel exercises condition the pelvic floor muscles and help prevent urinary incontinence and other post-pregnancy pelvic problems. (A strong pelvis can also increase your enjoyment during sex.)

The easiest way to identify your pelvic floor muscles is to pretend you’re trying to stop peeing midstream. (If you’re having trouble, you can visit a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health.) “A physiotherapist can assess whether you're engaging the right muscles during Kegels,” says Andrea Joyce, founder of afterbabybody.com.  (She'll check by placing her hand on your lower abdomen and lower back as you do Kegels.) Making sure you've found the muscles you need will help you learn how to do pelvic floor exercises perfectly.