Kegels or Relaxation When Preparing to Give Birth
How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Smooth Delivery
Something I’ve been asked on more than one occasion is, “How strong should my kegels be prior to giving birth?” Often clients are surprised when I tell them my answer. While good, strong kegels are important so we aren’t peeing our pants all the time, often learning to relax the pelvic floor muscles prior to delivery is more important.
Let me explain myself–during pregnancy there are all these weird pressures being placed on your pelvis, and you are just trying to not pee your pants when you laugh, cough, or sneeze, but believe it or not, sometimes you can get too good at performing kegels. Yes, you heard me right–you can be too good at doing kegels. When this happens, other symptoms can appear such as low back pain, hip pain, or pain with sex. So what do we do about it? You guessed it–we BREATHE!
Try This Simple Exercise:
Place one hand on your tummy and the other on your chest. Take in a big inhale sending air into your abdomen. Think about lengthening through your pelvic floor muscles and giving a gentle push outward almost like you are having a bowel movement. Make your exhale long as pelvic floor and abdomen returns back to its resting state.
Complete this exercise daily up until delivery day (and then every day after that). We’re fairly certain learning to breathe correctly can change your birthing process and also change your life! We also realize this can be confusing at first, so you know we are only a phone call away.
Want to take your birth prep even deeper and learn all the tools for an easy, empowered birth? Check out Peaceful Pushing: How to Train Your Pelvic Floor & Improve Chances of an Easy Birth.