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Kegel exercises — Ask the Experts

By Peter Wood 1 min read

Q: Throughout my pregnancy, I was a little forgetful about doing Kegel exercises. My child is now three. Is it too late?

It is never too late to do Kegel pelvic floor muscle exercises, regardless of how long it has been since you had your bundle of joy.

With up to 30 per cent of women experiencing slight bladder leakage when they sneeze, cough or laugh at some time in their lives thanks to pregnancy and childbirth, surgery, ageing or obesity, getting into the habit of doing pelvic floor exercises regularly can be a great preventative measure.

Repeatedly contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles (the muscles that you contract to hold urine in when you’re busting to go) can be done discreetly while sitting at work, watching TV or even while standing in the checkout queue.

One set of exercises includes 10 quick contract and release and five contractions that hold for 10 seconds. Repeating each set three times a day will soon lead to improvements.

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Any advice given is general in nature and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and must not be relied upon as such. For any healthcare advice, always consult a healthcare practitioner.

Peter Wood is an obstetrician-gynaecologist with Sydney Adventist Hospital.