Have I ever mentioned how thoroughly and deeply I dislike kegels?
If not, here you have it: I loathe kegels. Utterly loathe-dislike-despise them. To me, the feeling of doing kegels is something akin to the sound of nails on a chalkboard. Except it's much worse.
The only time I manage to force myself to do kegels is when I am pregnant and working toward a deadling (childbirth!), and then I usually do them with my legs crossed as hard as I can so that I can't feel them. And then I add in a loudly sung Austrian drinking song to further distract my mind from them.
So much for "the exercise that you can do and no one will know you're doing them!" (I think the Austrian drinking song is what gives it away.)
Well, I am happy to report - kegeling is no more for me! Thank you to the author of this article!
Why You Should Stop Doing Kegels
And now I'm off to squat - infinitely preferable in any amount to those awful kegels!
Is anyone else out there with me, or am I the only wimp who can't stand those things?
Later note: I realized, after writing this post, that while I was overjoyed to see this article, most birth professionals still do recommend kegels. If you like kegels, believe them to be beneficial, or have received benefit from doing them, I certainly do not want to discourage you from doing them! Kegel away. This post really just was a reflection of my personal joy at finding a reason not to do something that I thoroughly dislike, not a lecture to the world to stop doing kegels. Please, do your research and make the decision that you are comfortable with.