Who needs Kegels when you’ve got Kettle Bell Squats
During pregnancy and post-partum we are told to do our Kegels. Reason being is to strengthen the Pelvic Floor muscles but Pelvic Floor muscles can be weak simply because they are too tight. Keels pull the sacrum inward and create more tightness in the PF. Lack of glute strength + kegels will create a PF that is tight but not strong. If your PF muscles are too tight then doing Kegels will increase the problem. Tight does not equal strong. Lengthening the PF along with Pelvic alignment is the key to helping a weak pelvic floor. This can be done with deep squatting and pelvic position awareness. So deepen your squat, focusing on keeping your knees and ankles in line as much as you can to get as much glute work as possible. Hold your squat was long as you can, preparing your pelvis, hips, glutes and legs for birth. This is a primal and essential labouring position practiced in many rural communities throughout the world. The squat position opens the pelvis and this will be a great help in birth. Plus gravity is helping you to get that baby out too! But to hold that deep birthing squat you must have the strength for it. So do those daily deep squats throughout pregnancy and during your post-partum recovery. Here I am at 24 weeks, in my third pregnancy, doing some Kettle Bell Sumo Squats with Raise to Chest and practicing my deep squats with my boys. Talk to your midwife or doctor to see if you have a tight pelvic floor and if kegels and squats are right for you.