What Exactly Are Kegal Exercises And What Are They Good For

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Alma - April 14

I've heard so much talk about kegal exercises but I'm not sure what they are exactly or why women do them. Can someone please shed some light on this and don't be afraid to be explicit. I'm a first time mom-to-be and need all the info. I can get.

 

nhb - April 14

Kegel exercises are when you "squeeze" like you hold your pee . . . Know what I mean? You're supposed to hold it in for 10 seconds, then release, and repeat that . . . they're muscles that will help you stay continent (meaning you won't pee yourself late in pregnancy/after pregnancy if they're really strong), plus they help b/c when you're pushing out the baby, that's the same muscles you use. Does this help? EDD Nov 16 2005

 

Alma - April 14

Yes it does, thank you. Do you know if they help with avoiding an episotomy during labor? I thought I heard that your chances of getting an episotomy are far less when you practice these exercises during pregnancy.

 

nhb - April 14

Not sure about that, but it sounds familiar . . . I've heard that "stretching" down there will help too--inserting two fingers and kind of rubbing around, pushing down and out to stretch out the v____al opening and the perenium supposedly helps too . . . you or your partner can do it; I opted not to bother and I just had the episiotomy, personally :o)

 

Alma - April 14

You're brave! That's what I'm most afraid of, an episotomy. I've heard they're very painful and hard to recover from. I just can't imagine being cut and then st_tched up down there!! OUCH!!!! Oh, by the way...EDD 8/26/05

 

Billie - April 14

I don't know if doing Kegal's will keep the epsiotomy away but you can do a perineal ma__sage for that. I read about it yesterday.

 

nhb - April 14

That's what I meant, perinium ma__sage . . . And it didn't feel any different to me--I only had three or four st_tches, I wasn't cut much, but I had an epidural, so I didn't feel it at all until the next day w/ the other soreness; it didn't stick out as especially painful considering the v____al opening had to be stretched that far somehow; easier to heal when cut than torn.

 

carrie - April 14

They can also make s_x more fun and interesting. Kegals are great!!

 

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