5 tips: strengthen your pelvic floor
Come on Mums, we all know that we have to do them but hands up how many of us ‘forget’ to do those all-important pelvic floor exercises? I have asked for the help of the experts in this field to provide 5 top tips for strengthening your pelvic floor. You’ll be so pleased that I did!
1. Know your pelvic floor
Sure, you’re told to strengthen it, but do you know what your pelvic floor consists of? What does it look like, and what does it do? I could go into a whole spiel but just watch this 10 minute Youtube video. This will give you a much better understanding of HOW pelvic floor exercises can help you and what you should be looking out for when doing your exercises.
2. Know what to do and do it well
Don’t rush through the exercises. Pay attention to the “form” of the Kegel exercises. Do them nice and steady, they only take 3-5 minutes.
3. Start as soon as you feel ready
Recovery is always easiest if you start exercising as soon as you feel comfortable. For most post-partum women, this can be after 1-2 weeks. Don’t rush it, though; listening to your body is key at this stage.
By the way, don’t worry if you’re reading this and left it a while. You can always strengthen a muscle, and today is as good a day as any to get started.
4. Consistency is key
Like with all forms of exercise, it helps if you work a muscle regularly. Do your pelvic floor exercises every day to achieve the best results.
5. Get an app to help you remember to do them
Tena, yes, the diaper guys, do a nice free one which you can download here. The NHS also do one which costs £2.99