We’ve talked about pelvic floors before, but we’re going to talk about it again. Because it is important. And also because my midwife and I had a discussion about it that I thought was helpful and I wanted to share.
First, let us remind ourselves of why it’s important to have a strong pelvic floor (which are the muscles that help you go – or not go – to the bathroom). Not only does this keep things in when you want them in and help you get them out when you want them out, but a strong pelvic floor can help you birth a baby, or keep your organs inside your body once you’ve had several babies, and, you know, improve your sex life. There. I said it.
Second, let us think of our pelvic floors as a hammock. Of course you want the part you’re going to lie down in to be strong, no tears or holes that you could fall through, that kind of thing, so do your Kegels. But no matter how strong the actual hammock is, it’s going to be much more comfortable to lie down in if the ends are tied up tight. One end of your pelvic hammock connects to your glutes, the other end to your lower abs. You want both of them to be strong so that the hammock doesn’t fail to do what it’s supposed to do.
So do your squats, do your lunges, do your side-lying leg lifts, as we discussed last time we talked about pelvic floors. But also work your abs. And, believe it or not, you can tone your abs while your are pregnant. Crunches – especially ones targeting the lower abs – are a good bet. They’re a little bit awkward to do, but maybe not quite as awkward as peeing every time you sneeze.
(image from here)