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I am first to put my hand up and admit I am awful at remembering to do my pelvic floor exercises. In fact, I have been so lax at doing them over the past ten years, and three pregnancies, that I have had a few health issues surrounding my pelvic floor, and it is very weak, meaning I have needed to go to the hospital for check-ups.
I am now using the Pelviva pelvic floor muscle re-trainer, which is really helping me, but I am incredibly passionate about encouraging women to do their pelvic floor exercises, before, during and after pregnancy, and in general, to ensure you don’t end up at the hospital in future. These are five reasons to encourage you to get squeezing…
Prepares Your Body for Pregnancy
If you are planning to have children, having a strong pelvic floor can really help prepare your body for the strain pregnancy puts on it. Having a strong pelvic floor before birth can also help prevent future issues following the birth.
Improved Bladder and Bowel Control
It is no secret that a poor pelvic floor is linked to incontinence issues. It may not be as much as a full loss of bladder control, but even loosing a little wee when you cough or sneeze can be hugely embarrassing, especially when you are still a young woman. Regularly exercising your pelvic floor can help prevent this from happening, and can really improve confidence in women, especially following childbirth. A weak pelvic floor can also lead to complications with your bowel, so get exercising those muscles!
If you are unsure whether you are doing them right, or you feel you need some help, a pelvic floor exerciser like Pelviva can really help to get you started, and encourage you to continue with your exercises. I have found it really useful, as my pelvic floor is so weak, from not exercising it for so many years.
Ok, I will admit, this is one of the issues which really metaphorically kicked me up the bum when it came to improving my own pelvic floor. A weak pelvic floor can really affect your sex life, making it harder to reach orgasm, and finding less pleasure in intercourse, often leading to a lack of sexual desire.
Having a weak pelvic floor can also leave you feeling less sexy and desirable yourself, which again will have a knock on effect on your sex life. An improved pelvic floor, can also lead to an improved sex life and stronger orgasms, so what are you waiting for?
Better Recovery Following Birth and Surgery
I’ve already touched on childbirth, but a strong pelvic floor can also help your body to recover following surgery.
A pelvic organ prolapse is where one or more of the organs in the pelvis slip down in position and bulge into the vagina. This is not life-threatening, but uncomfortable and embarrassing, sometimes leading to medical treatment for the condition. To avoid the risk of prolapse, work on having a strong pelvic floor.
If you are interested in finding out your pelvic floor age, head to the Pelviva website to try out their quick and handy online calculator.
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