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Kegel Exercises for Your Pelvic Muscles

By on March 24, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

The pelvic muscles help stop the flow of urine. Pregnancy, childbirth and being overweight can weaken pelvic muscles. Fortunately, pelvic muscles are just like other muscles: exercise can make them stronger. Women who urinate droplets inadvertently can have better control of these muscles by doing pelvic muscle exercises called Kegel exercises.

What muscles control my bladder?

At the bottom of the pelvis, several layers of muscle stretch between your legs. The muscles attach to the front, back and sides of the pelvic bones. Two pelvic muscles do most of the work. The biggest one stretches like a hammock. The other is shaped like a triangle.

These are the same muscles you would use to try and stop the flow of urine. They are the muscles that you exercise and strengthen.

How do I exercise pelvic muscles?

You can exercise almost anywhere and anytime: while driving, at your desk, or even while watching TV. To exercise these muscles, just pull in or “squeeze” your pelvic muscles as if trying to stop the flow of urine. Hold this squeeze for 10 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Practice between 3 and 4 sets of 10 contractions per day.

Be patient and continue to exercise. It takes time to strengthen pelvic muscles, just like it takes time to improve the muscles in your arms, legs or abdomen. You may not notice any change in bladder control until after 6 to 12 weeks of daily exercises. However, most women notice an improvement after a few weeks.

A few points to remember:

  • Weak pelvic muscles often lead to urine leakage.
  • Daily exercises can strengthen pelvic muscles.
  • These exercises often improve bladder control.
  • Ask your doctor or nurse if you are squeezing the right muscles.
  • Tighten your pelvic muscle before sneezing, lifting or jumping. This can prevent pelvic muscle damage and urine leakage.
  • Continue to exercise. If the exercises work, continue to do them just like any other exercise.

 

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