Understanding the Importance of Pelvic Floor Health and Effective Exercises for Maintenance

The pelvic floor, a complex network of muscles at the basin of your pelvis, plays an instrumental role in your overall well-being, especially for pregnant women and expectant mothers. Yet despite its significance, pelvic floor health is a topic seldom discussed, often overshadowed by more obvious aspects of pregnancy and postpartum care. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into why maintaining a robust pelvic floor is critical and provide you with practical exercises to support and strengthen these crucial muscles.

Why Pelvic Floor Health Matters?
The pelvic floor muscles support vital organs, including the bladder, intestines, and for women, the uterus. During pregnancy, the additional weight and pressure from the growing baby, along with hormonal changes, can weaken these muscles.

Neglecting pelvic floor health can lead to a variety of issues such as:
1) Incontinence: A common but often embarrassing problem faced by new moms.
2) Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Where one or more of the pelvic organs drop from their normal position.
3) Reduced Sensation During Intercourse: Affecting the quality of your intimate relationship.

Understanding these risks underscores the need for preventative actions to maintain and improve pelvic floor strength during and after pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Exercises: A How-To Guide
Thankfully, targeted exercises known as Kegels can help reinforce the pelvic floor muscles. The beauty of Kegel exercises lies in their simplicity—they can be done anywhere, at any time, without anyone knowing.
1) Kegel Exercise Basics:
First, identify your pelvic floor muscles by attempting to halt urination mid-stream. The muscles used for this action are those that you need to work on. (Note: Stopping urination frequently can itself lead to issues; use this method purely for the identification of the correct muscles).
Once identified, contract these muscles for three seconds, then relax for three seconds.
Repeat this sequence 10 to 15 times per session, and aim for three or four sessions a day.

2) Advanced Techniques and Variations:
Gradually increase contraction time to ten seconds as your strength improves.
Incorporate deep breathing to relax the body and enhance focus on the pelvic floor muscles.
Alternate between rapid contractions and relaxations to work the muscles differently.

3) Beyond Kegels: Other Exercises for Pelvic Floor Health
Kegels are just the start. Other exercises can also bolster your pelvic floor, along with general physical health.

  • Squats: Properly performed squats (keeping your back straight, knees behind toes, and lowering your buttocks as if sitting in a chair) engage and strengthen the pelvic floor along with your glutes, hips, and thighs.
  • Bridge: Lie on your back with bent knees and feet flat on the ground, arms by your sides. Press your feet into the floor as you lift your hips, creating a straight line from knees to shoulders. This move also activates the pelvic floor muscles.
  • Yoga: Certain yoga poses, like the Bridge, Warrior II, and Child’s Pose, encourage awareness and strengthening of the pelvic region.
  • Pilates: Like yoga, Pilates fosters muscle control and can be tailored to focus on the pelvic floor.

Safety First
While these exercises are beneficial, it's important to practice them correctly to avoid strain and potential injury. If possible, seek guidance from a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor health, particularly if you're a pregnant woman or a new mother.


Your pelvic floor's health is integral to a comfortable pregnancy and a resilient postpartum recovery. Implementing the exercises discussed here can significantly enhance your quality of life. Just like any exercise routine, consistency is key.
Remember, you’re not alone on this journey. There’s a community and healthcare professionals ready to support you, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Your body will thank you for the attention and care you give to your pelvic floor. Here’s to health, strength, and vitality, during pregnancy and beyond!
If you found this post informative, please share it with fellow expectant mothers, and don't forget to consult your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen. Stay tuned for more health and wellness tips for all stages of life.