Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles with simple exercises is an important yet overlooked aspect of women's health, according to Dr. Sheila A. Dugan, an expert on the topic.
"Some women really never think about these muscles until they have a vaginal birth with an episiotomy that cuts through them or until they start to leak urine when they cough or sneeze as they get older," Dugan told Reuters Health.
"Incontinence is a huge problem for older women, so anything we can do early — get it on women's radar screen before it is a problem — is helpful," added Dugan, who is co-director of the Rush Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.(Read entire article)
What they are
As a pregnant woman there are many terms that you'll hear bandied about with abandon, one of these is 'Kegels', and they are one of your new best friends. Kegel exercises are the brainchild of one Dr Kegel who, in the 1940s, discovered that exercising the PC (puboccygeus) muscles, or muscles of your pelvic floor, gave women better bladder control.
the pelvic floor is & why it matters
You pelvic floor muscles are those muscles supporting the bladder, uterus and rectum and keeping them all where they should be, as well as controlling the openings of the vagina, urethra and anus.