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Listen up, ladies — if you’re not already doing Kegels, the postpartum period is a great time to start. Named after 1940s gynecologist Arnold Kegel, these simple exercises are performed to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. Although they are beneficial for women at any stage of life, it’s even more important to do them after childbirth. Read on to discover why Kegels are crucial during the postpartum period.
- Faster Recovery Time
Kegel exercises help speed healing and recovery time after childbirth. Vaginal delivery can cause tearing of the soft tissue — causing some women to need an episiotomy. An episiotomy is a procedure where the perineum is cut to prevent vaginal tearing. Although the procedure is not performed as often these days as in years past, it is sometimes deemed necessary. Kegels not only strengthen the pelvic floor muscles weakened by childbirth, they help aid circulation and hasten recovery time following this procedure.
- Better Bladder Control
Urinary stress incontinence is a problem that affects most women following childbirth. If you experience leakage when you sneeze or cough — or if you suffer from frequent urination — Kegels can help. This is because these exercises tighten and strengthen the muscles associated with urinary regulation and control. When performed regularly, Kegels can improve bladder control and decrease urgency. This means fewer trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night — definitely a good thing for any exhausted new mother.
- Reduced Risk of Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids occur when the veins in the anal region swell and become inflamed, and are a common problem during the postpartum period. Kegel exercises increase circulation to the area, which speeds healing and helps prevent future occurrences. In addition, Kegels can help diminish anal incontinence and bowel leakage. Although topical creams can provide soothing relief for hemorrhoid swelling and inflammation, Kegels may be even more effective when it comes to this uncomfortable yet highly treatable condition.
- More Satisfying Sex
Childbirth can stretch the muscles of the vaginal wall — diminishing sensitivity and sensation during sexual intercourse. Kegel exercises increase circulation to the vaginal area and tighten the muscles. The result will be heightened sensitivity and increased pleasure for both partners. In addition, Kegels heighten the intensity of and likelihood for orgasm. This is because the same muscles responsible for orgasm are worked during Kegels.
So let’s review — Kegels can speed postpartum recovery time, improve bladder control, help heal and prevent hemorrhoids and improve your sex life. The sooner you start, the sooner you reap the rewards of these exercises. Want to get maximum results from your Kegels? The FPT is a product that makes toning the pelvic floor and vaginal wall muscles faster and easier than Kegels done on their own. You’ll see noticeable results when you use the FPT as part of your daily routine.