The kegel is backed by solid evidence. Unfortunately, like all forms of exercise, kegels can’t help if we don’t actually do them. I’d wager most women who would benefit from kegels fall into the “I did them for a bit, but then stopped” category. That includes me. Although a daily kegel session takes maybe 2-5 … Continue reading Simplify the Kegel
Recently, I overheard a stroller fitness instructor remind all new moms in her class to kegel, whether they had had a c-section or vaginal birth. She said the type of birth didn’t matter because “most of the damage happens during pregnancy and not delivery.” I’m a fan of the kegel, but does most pelvic floor … Continue reading Do C-Sections Reduce Your Risk of Pelvic Floor Disorder?
Most of the time I can’t stand the way the media, the general public, and women themselves talk about weight. Fat shaming is everywhere. We shame others. We shame ourselves. We are taught that higher body weight stems from personality flaws, lack of willpower, or other nonsense judgements. For example, I recently started reading Harry … Continue reading Weight and Your Pelvic Floor
If you spend enough time seeking out postpartum experts, you will hear the same advice over and over. Some suggestions are evidence-based, some are not, and some fall in-between. For example, we are all familiar with the recommendation to kegel, a recommendation that is good, although a bit limiting. Plenty of data supports the kegel, … Continue reading Postpartum Experts Aren’t Always Wrong, but They Are Often Unreliable