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Are you doing your kegels?

I keep forgetting! In my first pregnancy, I tried to do them in the car at red lights. I guess now I'm too busy chatting with DS to remember that now! But I really need to do them and get a reminder sometimes when I cough or sneeze.

Anyone have a clever tip on how to remember to kegel? :
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i'm in the same boat. i work out religiously every day, but can't for the life of me remember to get the kegels in there. and yeah, i hear ya on the sneezin thing.

i need some inspiring advice, too.

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I just do them before I eat - odd combination, I know - but I never forget to eat.
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sign me up for the reminder program


Maybe do them for a minute or two after every time we pee?

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:i'm also guilty of not doing lots of things that i probably should be doing this pregnancy. it seems like each one has progresivly gotten harder to do all of the good things. i'm lucky if i take my vitamins every 2 days
but i try to do them if i'm watching tv or knitting..which doesn't happen much these days!

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I do them, but not as often as I should. It's easy to forget!

Our Bradley instructor gave us these florescent orange reminder stickers though. Maybe I should use them...

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Yep! But still probably not as much as I should.

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Our Bradley instructor gave us these florescent orange reminder stickers though. Maybe I should use them...

Not a bad idea. I think something visual would be good for me. Now I just need to find stickers boring enough that DS won't steal them!
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I always forgot to do them with dd, and I am forgetting to do them with this baby too...the only time is every other day when I exercise...I too need some way to remember...

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we should start a kegels accountability thread, like the exercise one

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Consider it done; I changed the title! :

I did about 50 in bed this morning. How's everyone else doing?
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i did them when i woke up this morning, but so often i forget. count me in!

also, what types are you all doing? i try to do a combo. i do some where i contract the muscles for longer, and others where i contract the muscles frequently and quickly. then there's the elevator....
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then there's the elevator....
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ugh. i really need to remember these, but more for my pelvic organ prolapse. :/

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i don't know if "the elevator" is the technical term, but that's how i think of it. i'm sure i read about it somewhere. you tighten the pelvic floor and hold it for a few seconds, then tighten it more, hold a few seconds, tighten more, hold, etc... and the hard part (for me) is that you're supposed to reverse the action: release tension a small amount, hold, release a little more, etc. once i get to the "top" and i'm done holding it there i just want to let it all relax.
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Great title change! I did them after I saw the title!

The elevator is my favorite, it never really gets easy...from what I have read, the relaxation part of the kegel is just as important as the tightening...and yeah, zenma, I am with you on the relaxation part being kind of hard

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this is great; just seeing the thread continue to get bumped is the perfect reminder for me.

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I've been doing them as I drive in the car, do the beat of the music. How nerdy is that?
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I've been doing them as I drive in the car, do the beat of the music. How nerdy is that?


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My Bradley book says to do 150/day, holding for 3-5 seconds each!!!

Well, it's reassuring I'm not the only one who forgets. I just did 20 when I saw this post. I try to do at least 20 at a time throughout the day but then when I add them all up, I always forget what number I was at!

Damn brain drain...
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oh yeah... thanks.

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I NEED this! Never did em w/first 2 pregnancies & tore like crazy-I've heard this is the single best thing you could do to prevent tearing & I'm determined this time. Great idea
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I'm trying to do them when I put ds down for his nap and bedtime. It gives me something think about other than *it's been 20 minutes. go to sleeeep!!*

At our last MW visit we were talking about kegels and she turned to dh and said, "You need to do them too, for your prostate. Just make your penis hop by itself a few times a day." He turned bright red

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At our last MW visit we were talking about kegels and she turned to dh and said, "You need to do them too, for your prostate. Just make your penis hop by itself a few times a day." He turned bright red
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I can imagine how that might have been awkward!

I tried the "do 'em @ red lights" thing & it worked pretty well for me today-thanks for the good idea ladies!
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um... bump... (i need this reminder!)

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Hmmm, it is way easier to bump this thread than to actually do the Kegels!
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Everytime I see the title of this thread, I do my kegels.
Since I'm on every.single.day.

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#29 of 52 Old 10-10-2007, 01:40 PM
Hey I thought of a great time to do them and it's the only time I really remember...I've started doing them when I sit down to go to the bathroom, since I do this all day and night! Plus they say that if you can stop the flow of urine then you're doing it right. My only exception is public restrooms. There I practice squatting (the above the seat hover). Who knew going to the bathroom could turn into a workout session!
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I'm telling you girls, doing them to the music really helps.


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