Lizzie Catt gives us five ways to make kegels less dreary
Even you hadn’t heard of pelvic floor exercises, also known as Kegels, before you were pregnant, you probably have now as midwives are very keen to remind us to do them. Kegels can be a bit of a chore, but bearing in mind that the pelvic floor muscles not only support the baby but are also tasked with holding all our lower lady kit in place and stopping us from weeing when we sneeze, they’re totally worth it.
Ask your midwife to talk you through the correct technique but for starters, they recommend squeezing for a count of ten eight times in a row, three times a day. It’s never too late to show that pelvic floor some appreciation, even if you’ve already had your baby, and there are plenty of ways to make the experience less boring.
1. Choose your moment
There’s a time and a place to focus on strengthening your lady parts, and during a boring meeting probably isn’t it. Which is exactly why you should go for it – there’s something hilariously funny about covert Kegels. Besides, once you’ve got the hang of squeezing without pulling a funny face, it’s more subtle that doodling on the agenda.
2. Build them into your exercise regime
If you’re a gym bunny, you’re probably already doing pelvic floor exercises. Speak to a personal trainer and incorporate a few new moves into your workout.
3. Get a gizmo
There are some truly spectacular gadgets on the market if you don’t mind shelling out up to around £150. Rather personal in nature – they look like they should arrive in plain brown paper – some feed data back to your phone and one even turns the squeezing into a computer game. Cheaper, simpler devices start at a tenner.
4. There’s an app for that
Of course there is… there are heaps of kegal apps for Android and iPhone. Some are silly and some are sensible. If you’re already relying on your smartphone to keep track of midwife and hospital appointments, find mum friends and hunt down pregnancy advice, why not get it to sort your pelvic floor out, too?
5. Remember the mantra…
Lying in my hospital bed having delivered a 9lb 8oz baby, a midwife urged me to do my pelvic floors every day for the best three reasons imaginable: ‘Do the front so you don’t wet yourself when he makes you laugh, the middle so you enjoy your sex life and the back so you don’t fart when you run up the stairs’. Who could argue with that?