I know a lot of you out there are wondering whether it’s too late to start exercising.
Whether you’re three weeks or thirty-six weeks, it doesn’t matter, the important thing is that you begin today. (Of course, it goes without saying that you should get your doctor’s okay before beginning any type of exercise routine during pregnancy.)
Now I’m not referring to heavy cardio exercises like a lot of people preach. What I am talking about is simple exercises that keep you fit for your pregnancy, delivery, and post-partum recovery.
And the most important exercise you must begin to do today is the Kegel.
Why? Because Kegels help keep your pelvic floor muscles toned and tight.
And if you keep them strong (because they will weaken naturally from the increasing weight of your baby!), you'll be less likely to: tear your perineum or need an episiotomy during delivery, develop hemorrhoids, or have urine leakage when you sneeze or cough. You will also be more likely to have an easier birth!
Now kegels are definitely the most important, but an interesting thing I learned is that kegels are not the only pelvic floor strengthening exercise you need to do. For example, I always thought that you only focus on squeezing the inner muscles of your vagina—WRONG!
You also have to squeeze your anal muscle, better known as your “fart” muscle, to strengthen your pelvic floor. Ok, now I know this is kind of graphic but if I don’t share this with you—who will?
And if you’re feeling exhausted, don’t worry, my Tired Mama exercise program is for you too! The important thing is that you strengthen the body parts that are getting weakened by your growing belly—you don’t want to be in a lot of pain and feeling sorry later!
And just one last note, never go to the bathroom “just in case” (I am the worst when it comes to this!)—it will only lead to weak bladder control!
Helping you “Look Good and Feel Great” during pregnancy and beyond!