Kegel exercises are recommended AFTER pregnancy not DURING! Regardless of what route the baby was delivered – vaginally or by cesarean, the pubococcygeal muscles (pelvic floor) were stressed during pregnancy and now need to be strengthened during postpartum.
Kegel exercises help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, vaginal muscles and bowels.
1. To find the correct muscles, practice stopping the flow of urine when urinating.
2. Contract pelvic floor muscles for 10 seconds, then relax, repeating 10-20 times.
3. Breathe normally during the exercises, and do this at least three times a day.
4. Try not to move your leg, buttock, or abdominal muscles during the exercises.
The best thing about Kegel exercises is that they can be done anywhere, and no one knows you’re doing them!