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Pelvic floor exercises

(14 Posts)
OnNaturesCourse Thu 01-Jun-17 21:44:38

Do you do them?
When did you start?
How many are you doing?

I keep forgetting my ten in morning and at night. I also find they make me sore the next day...

manyaslip Thu 01-Jun-17 22:48:44

I've been wondering the same thing. I tried doing them for a couple of days but gave up mostly out of boredom. How helpful is it to do them??

kel1234 Thu 01-Jun-17 23:00:36

I didn't bother with them. Didn't see the need, nor feel like it with my son in hospital for 12 days

user1482079332 Thu 01-Jun-17 23:16:28

Yea every time traffic lights are red I hold, Amber slightly relax ect. Still do them now out of habit

OnNaturesCourse Fri 02-Jun-17 00:47:06

That's a good one, but I've read you shouldn't hold for longer than 10seconds?

mummabubs Fri 02-Jun-17 07:45:32

I'm not doing them regularly.. although the nurses I work with all tell me I should :/ I downloaded a free app called KPFE which sets out a routine for you and you can set an alarm to remind you every day. They are seriously boring though eh!!

2ducks2ducklings Fri 02-Jun-17 11:28:58

Trust me, every little helps! You'll never be able to join your kids on the trampoline or take part in the parents race at sports day. Plus if you ever have another baby and morning sickness kicks in, throwing up and peeing yourself with every heave is no picnic!
I say this from my own bitter experience. I'm definitely going to try the traffic light thing though!

TeaTeaTea Fri 02-Jun-17 16:51:36

"throwing up and peeing yourself with every heave is no picnic!" - EXACTLY!! I wish I'd done more pelvic floor excercises with 1st pregnancy. I now see Tena Lady pads as a pregnancy essential sad
Only remember whenever I hear the words 'pelvic floor' so guess Tena Lady will be on the shopping list a lot more.

angstybaby Fri 02-Jun-17 17:05:30

This definitely falls under the heading of 'things i wish i'd known before i had kids'...

after 3 kids i had a prolapse (they're very common, i'm afraid) so had physio for it, which involved (apologies for TMI) a nice lady putting her fingers up my foof and getting me to squeeze. from this i've learned that when people tell you that you can learn how to do your PF exercises by stopping the flow of urine IS COMPLETE TOSH. put your fingers up there and squeeze. hard. it's way more work than stopping some pee.

when you're pregnant you can't use any of the gizmos you can buy for improving your PF muscles because of the danger of infection. my gp gave me a vaginal exerciser (i'm not making this up) when i had a prolapse which looks like a mini hair straightener (but don't worry, it's not electrical). it's spring-loaded so you have to squeeze pretty hard to get it to move. my physio had me doing 10 fast squeezes and 10 slow ones, once a day. More than that, she said, was a waste.

my other pearl of wisdom is that a bit of time and effort now will save you a whole lot of embarrassment and suffering later. go on, google prolapse...now, don't you want to do some exercises?!

Tigger001 Fri 02-Jun-17 17:30:07

I have Been advised by my yoga instructor (and mother of 3) it is important to stretch and not just do the tightening pelvic floor exercises as this is what will happen in labour, as this is my first I can't really comment but thought I would pass on her advice.

OnNaturesCourse Fri 02-Jun-17 19:16:39

I do them, but how the hell do you know of you're doing them right other than shoving your fingers up there? I can't do that at traffic lights.

I've been trying to do ten after every pee. I don't hold them though, just squeeze and release lol x

angstybaby Fri 02-Jun-17 20:48:04

i'd counsel against sticking your fingers up there when out and about. it's about training yourself. i'd suggest only doing them at home while you're 'checking', shall we say, until you know that you can do it properly without guidance. it took me ages to learn how to actually tense the right muscles: like, a month. these aren't muscles that we consciously tense very often and even then, not particularly well.

oh, one other good bit of advice I got: your butt should not be clenching. if it is, you're not doing it right.

i assumed you're pregnant - are you?

OnNaturesCourse Sat 03-Jun-17 00:13:03

Yes, I am.

I think I've got it. I used to use catheters so I've kinda got a good idea of the muscles and I've found app (there's one everything now a days lol)

Going to take it a day at a time and see how it goes. I think was doing too many too start off with which is maybe what caused the discomfort.

chelle85 Sun 04-Jun-17 21:59:28

You can work your pelvic floor without doing kegels.

Squeeze a cushion or ball between your knees. The contraction of the inner thigh muscle activates the pelvic floor. I try and do these in the adverts when I am watching telly. You can progress these to doing the same thing whilst doing a hip bridge pose.

Squats are also amazing for working the pelvic floor

With kegels too much emphasis is placed on contracting and not relaxing the muscles. The problem is that labour requires these muscles to relax (whereas coughing without peeing requires us to contract!) The above exercises work through the full range of motion keeping the whole core strong rather than over contracting one muscle

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