Pelvic Floor: All you need to know
Your pelvic Floor. What is it and how do I strengthen it?
What is the pelvic floor? The pelvic Floor is exactly what it sounds like. A group of muscles on the floor in your pelvic region. To identify this muscle, do what I did and try the stop and go urine test. Sounds funny but it actually helps you isolate this muscle. Once you have the movement down, you can strengthen it by squeezing and holding a few times a day. This squeezing and holding motion is whats known as a Kegel.
Pregnancy is something that can weaken the pelvic floor. However, if you perform your kegels and perform certain exercises like squats, you can strengthen your pelvic floor. This is especially important for women that do not wish to pee every time we laugh or cough!
I am going into my 8th month of pregnancy and just ordered something called an Elvie trainer. This gadget helps to strengthen and tone. A strong pelvic floor will help in post natal recovery, sexual health and bladder control. This particular device connects to app that tracks and guides with exercises and workouts.
A strong pelvic floor will:
1. Allow for a smooth child birth and delivery and avoid tearing of the perineum (I am seriously hoping I avoid this like I did with my first child). The perineum is the tissue between the vagina and the anus.
2. Makes post-partum healing easier and faster.
3. Helps to avoid incontinence and other bladder problems throughout your life.
So whether you are sitting at a desk perfuming kegels or at home with an app powered device in your vagina, its a good idea to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor, pregnant or not! Peeing while laughing with your girlfriends or bending over in from of your man is never a good look.