How important are Kegel exercises after giving birth?
It’s been 3 years since the birth of my son, I’ve read some things about Kegel exercises being important for strengthening ‘those muscles’ down there. It benefits you, your spouse and can even make future deliveries a little easier.
My husband says things are "fine" but I honestly disagree! Things don’t seem the same as they did when we were newly weds and it’s very frustrating for someone in their mid 20′s!! (or any age I suppose!)Once you start doing Kegel exercises, how long does it take to really notice a difference?? And how did they benefit you?
I recently started taking Belly Dancing classes. I’ve been dancing for 3 months now and I noticed a changed within the first couple of weeks. I mention this because this dance requires you to use all of the muscles "down there" used and needed during child birth. Kegel exercises are very important. It strengthens your core from the inside out! My instructor had a hysterectomy, and because of her strong internal muscles – her recovery time was very quick. Belly Dancing was used before, during, and after pregnancy for the very reason of quick recovery time and ease of birthing. It will also help for when you get older. Some older folks have bladder control issues, of course for various reasons. But one of those is due to weak muscles. If you start building muscle strength now, you won’t have to worry about "tinkling every time you sneeze" (quoted by my instructor).
Anyway, definitely do the Kegels. I do them while I’m on line at the supermarket! It costs nothing and you will lose nothing. All you have is to gain! While you’re at it – check into a belly dancing class – it’s so much fun!