Kegels are no good?

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Kegels are no good?
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Fri, 09-10-2010 - 2:08pm

Last night I had my first prenatal aquafit class of the Fall. The woman who runs it does a 30 minute discussion session before we get into the pool.

This time she talked about strengthening the pelvic floor and said there have been recent studies that claim kegel exercises are the wrong thing to be doing.

She said doing kegels tends to strengthen and contract those muscles, when what we want to do is strengthen and lengthen the muscles. She showed us a few exercises that will help with this.

She didn't give us references to the studies, but I might email her and ask for more information.

Anyway, just wanted to share! Has anyone else heard this?








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Registered: 05-11-2010
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 2:50pm

My midwife says that one of her clients claims this and refuses to do them.

Whatever I'm lucky if I do them once a day, I would love it if I was better off without them.

But considering I've peed on myself and/or the bathroom floor at least three times during this pregnancy because I couldn't get to the toilet fast enough, I'm thinking my pelvic floor could benefit from a few more. :-/

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Registered: 07-14-2008
Sat, 09-11-2010 - 11:19pm

I did a quick pubmed search on it, and couldn't find anything saying Kegel's aren't the way to go.

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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 1:35pm

I haven't heard anything like that but I barely did kegels while pregnant either. I never remembered to do them though.

Let me know if you find anything else out though I am curious.














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Sun, 09-12-2010 - 6:11pm

Yes, I had heard this and I've got a resource! This biomechanical scientist thinks kegels weaken the pelvic floor. Here are two articles about it. Search her site for "kegels" and it brings up a lot of reading. Personally, Kegels did nothing for my postpartum bladder control. :/

http://www.katysays.com/2010/05/17/1234-we-like-our-pelvic-floor/

http://www.katysays.com/2010/06/02/you-dont-know-squat/

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Registered: 04-22-2006
Sun, 09-12-2010 - 6:28pm
Erin - thanks for finding that! I emailed my instructor for the reference, and she gave me the same website.







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Registered: 08-24-2005
Mon, 09-13-2010 - 11:12am
Alyssa, thank you so much for the info!!!
I was so guilty that I never did my Keggels!! On the other hand, my mom, who does them regularly was complaining the other day that she didn't feel an improvement. She suffers from a prolapse. and although she's had surgery, she still strugles with some troubles... I hope it's not too late for her
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