2017 Baby Talk Pregnancy

Working out my Pelvic Floor

October 19, 2017

If you clicked this post you know what you’re in for. We’re talking about kegels and working out your pelvic floor muscles. Get ready for some TMI…

The other night I was sitting on the couch with Ryan when I sneezed really hard and had to stand up immediately. I honestly thought I had peed my pants. Embarrassing? Yes. Common? Yes. I mean I have to admit this was my first time dealing with that but I know a lot of women that have this happen on the regular (and who wants that?). Of course, I’m in my final stretch of my pregnancy and the baby is really pushing down on my bladder which is not helping but I thought to myself what can I do now to help build my pelvic floor and to help me get it back after my pregnancy? I don’t want to have to wear a panty liner 24/7 and have an extra pair of undies on hand. Although for now… it’s my safest bet.

So what are my options?

Of course you can work your kegels with some simple exercises at home. Have you tried them before? I have and I never know if I’m doing it right.

Have you heard of the Elvie? It’s your ‘most personal trainer’ ha! I love their slogan. It’s a device that you connect to your phone and it helps you work those tricky muscles. Plus… it’s SUPER fun. Oh, and it’s recommended by over 800 health care professionals.

What is the Elvie trainer?

Elvie is the award winning kegel trainer for your pelvic floor. I tried out the Elvie trainer for the first time last week. It’s so easy to connect to the Elvie app and start working out those pelvic floor muscles. To be honest, at first I didn’t know if it was in right but once it feels comfortable and it’s not moving anywhere you’re good to go.

How does it work?

The app asks you to squeeze your kegel muscles to make sure that your device is in place. It’s so fun to see how high you can lift the little gem on the screen. The exercises take about 5 minutes… that’s it. Once I got the hang of it it was really fun to try all the different challenges. I had to keep the little gem above a certain line for a short length of time. Then you’d squeeze again to get it above the next line and then relax. There were exercises where you had to hit the little dots on your screen in a certain rhythm. At the end of your workout you get a little chart that sums up how you did. It shows you where you can improve and where you’re excelling. I’m actually really curious to see how different my results will be after I have the baby.

Why exercise your pelvic floor?

To help you avoid embarrassing accidents like the following:

  • You leak a few drops of urine while sneezing, laughing or coughing
  • You have a strong, sudden urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine
  • You have little control over passing gas

How can kegels help?

These muscles support your uterus, bladder, small intestine, and rectum.

What are you waiting for?

Most women can see results in as little as a few weeks to just over a month.

Have you asked your doctor?

Don’t forget, it’s always important to ask your doctor before adding a new workout routine and Elvie trainer definitely applies to that rule. I spoke with my doctor about working on my pelvic floor muscles so late in my pregnancy and got full approval. It’s important to know that you can use Elvie trainer during pregnancy as long as you are not suffering from any complications. Every pregnancy is unique so if you are unsure, please consult your qualified medical professional before use. Note: they DO recommend waiting until six weeks after birth before resuming use of the Elvie trainer.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the Elvie trainer and how you got your pelvic floor back in shape!

Jaclyn Harper

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