Pelvic floor exercises, let’s face it, they’re easy to forget especially when you have a new baby to care for. Jackie Heffer-Cooke finds a new way to help pregnant women remember to do their pelvic floor exercises.
There is a new buzz word rippling its way through my classes. The ‘Squeezy’. It’s a new NHS App, which aims to help women with their pelvic floor exercises. With a 5-star rating from 139 reviews, it’s got you talking, or rather, it’s got you squeezing.
From what I understand ‘the squeezy’ sets an alarm and reminds you when to do your next set of pelvic floor exercises. Imagine a whole nation of pregnant women ‘squeezing’ their way through a business meeting, or sitting at the Sunday dinner table with their father-in-law. Makes me giggle.
But of course it does have a serious point too. Pelvic floor exercises help to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, so after having baby you can sneeze, bounce on trampolines, and laugh freely without fear J They also help all the supporting muscles of the pelvis whilst you are pregnant, so ‘switching them on’ with a few daily exercises really is a good idea all round… and guess what, we include pelvic floor exercises at our Norwich pregnancy yoga classes. Book today if you fancy a bit of a ‘squeeze’ in class.
NHS Pelvic Floor Exercises guide
Here’s how the NHS explains a good, standard, pelvic floor exercise…
- close up your anus as if you’re trying to prevent a bowel movement
- at the same time, draw in your vagina as if you’re gripping a tampon, and your urethra as if to stop the flow of urine
- at first, do this exercise quickly, tightening and releasing the muscles immediately
- then do it slowly, holding the contractions for as long as you can before you relax: try to count to 10
- try to do three sets of eight squeezes every day: to help you remember, you could do a set at each meal
‘Do a set at each meal!’ Love that. Not only at a business meeting but at a business lunch too! Just make sure you don’t move your eyebrows whilst doing your pelvic floor, that way maybe no-one will ever know!