Mamas on Bedrest: Pelvic Health is More than Kegels

December 4th, 2013

Most women are familiar with Kegels. They are the exercises our OB/GYNs tell us to do, stopping the flow of urine mid stream, to strengthen our pelvic floor muscles and to prevent incontinence (dribbling out a bit of urine whenever one coughs, laughs, sneezes, runs or otherwise puts stress on the pelvic floor muscles.) These muscles take a beating during pregnancy labor and delivery and it would seem logical to do Kegels to help strengthen them.

I used to recommend Kegals as a clinician, but when I really began focusing on Mamas on Bedrest, I met some physical therapists who enlightened me to the fact that Kegels alone are not enough to maintain good pelvic health. Over the years I have consulted with them and recommend them and their websites to women globally. Today I again share with you their expertise and the abundance of resources they offer so that you, Mamas, can make wise health care choices and maintain optimum pelvic health.

Julie Wiebe, PT

Pelvic Floor First, Australia

Jessica McKinney, PT, Marathon Physical Therapy

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