Kegels: the sneaky exercise you should be doing


If there was a way to make childbirth easier during your pregnancy and improve the quality and length of your orgasms, wouldn't you be all over it? Then why aren't you embracing the magic of Kegel exercises? Before you balk at the thought of taking part in an unorthodox exercise while pregnant, you should know that these moves can be accomplished pretty much anywhere – on the couch, in the car or even at your desk at work!

Kegel exercises help to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, which support your uterus, bladder and bowels. They also work to improve the power of your vaginal muscles. By working this body part while pregnant, you can help to ensure you have better control over your labor and delivery. You will also likely be able to improve your bladder control and hemorrhoids, two common issues pregnant women face. Kegels can even help speed up healing if you experience an episiotomy or a tear during childbirth.

So how do you do this miraculous move? Well, it's really as simple as contracting the muscles that normally control the flow of your urine. You can figure out where they are simply by stopping your stream mid-flow on your next trip to the bathroom (note: this shouldn't be done on a regular basis, as it may weaken the muscles over time and put you at risk for bladder infections).

Once you've figured out which muscles are being used for Kegels, you can start doing the moves and perfecting your technique. Contract the muscles, hold for about five seconds, then release and relax for five more seconds. Try this four or five times in a row, then work your way up until you can hold the contraction for 10 seconds. Do three sets of 10 repetitions every day to experience maximum benefits. Easy!

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