There are many exercises that, doctor may suggest you stay fit during pregnancy period. Many doctors suggest stretching exercises like neck rotation, shoulder rotation, swim, thigh shift, leg shake and ankle rotation etc. Doctors also prefer another kind of exercise which will be producing effective results is kegel exercise.
Kegel exercises are done to make your pelvic floor muscles toned and tight. For women pelvic floor muscles are very crucial to be healthy, as it holds the reproductive organ of women, uterus. Not only uterus, but also it holds other pelvic parts such as bladder, rectum, urethra and do support them.
When you strengthen pelvic floor muscles during your pregnancy, you can develop the ability to relax and control the muscles responsible to give birth. Kegel exercises are most useful during the pregnancy period, as such exercises help to avoid urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, stress incontinence and hemorrhoids. These are the common symptoms of pregnancy, and pregnant women feel irritating to face these symptoms, which will increase their stress too. Thus, kegel exercise done to avoid such irritating symptoms.
kegel exercises are even useful after delivery, which is postpartum period. Kegel exercises are also highly recommended during the postpartum period to promote the healing of perineal tissues, increase the strength of the pelvic floor muscles, help these muscles return to a healthy state, and increase urinary control.
To do Kegels, imagine you are trying to stop the flow of urine or trying not to pass gas. When you do this, you are contracting and releasing the muscles of the pelvic floor and are practicing Kegel exercises. While doing Kegel exercises, try not to move your leg, buttock, or abdominal muscles. In fact, no one can guess you that you are doing any kind of exercise. You can also do them anywhere at any time like sitting on a chair, watching TV, working, driving a car etc. Some women may use dilators, a kegel tool to strengthen their muscles. Both will benefit you in the same way.
It is recommended to do five sets of Kegel exercises a day. Each time you contract the muscles of the pelvic floor, hold for a slow count of five and then relax. Repeat this contractions and relaxations ten times for one set of Kegels. Thus, pregnant women and new mom will stay fit doing kegel exercise.