one of nature's most beautiful and meaningful experiences can
often turn out to be a difficult and painful process with great
health risks. For centuries, women have suffered through the
labor process, believing that the agonizing pain that they must
endure is inevitable.
During pregnancy, the PC muscle, which helps support internal
organs as well as the fetus, uterus, amniotic fluid and the
placenta is highly strained. With the heavy load pressing down
on it, the muscle tends to stretch and sag. No longer
being as flexible and tight, some of the vital functions of
the muscle are affected. One of the most important functions
of the PC muscle is urinary control and regulation. Stretching
of the muscle keeps it from properly contracting. The
flaccid muscle causes uncontrollable leakage of urine, a condition
referred to as stress incontinence.
In 1948, Dr. Arnold Kegel discovered the key to curing post-pregnancy
incontinence. Through simple exercises of squeezing the PC muscle
against resistance, Dr. Kegel was able to achieve a 93% success
rate in his patients. All this without invasive and
Virtually all doctors now recognize the importance of strengthening
the PC muscle, or pelvic floor. Resistance exercise is especially
effective during the pre and post pregnancy period. Kegel
exercises, which specifically target the PC muscle through repetitive
squeezing, are by far the most effective way of curing
incontinence non-surgically. In order to be effective
however, these exercises must be done correctly, specifically
targeting the necessary areas.
Prior to pregnancy, resistance exercises serve to condition
the PC muscle making it much less likely to be damaged during
the labor process. The exercises also restore strength
and flexibility to the muscle, making childbirth a much less
Post pregnancy kegel exercise is also necessary in the
rehabilitation of damaged and stretched out muscles.
A quick and natural recovery without invasive surgery can be
achieved by "working out" the necessary parts of the
vagina through proper resistance exercise.