Did you know?
1:3 women will suffer incontinence after childbirth and 1:10 will suffer faecal incontinence.
Studies have shown that vaginal delivery induces urinary incontinence, particularly following the first childbirth experience.
The likelihood of a pelvic organ prolapse (including cystocele, rectocele, and uterine prolapse) and anal incontinence is increased as a result of vaginal delivery.
Researchers have found that most often, urinary incontinence appeared during pregnancy and remained postpartum.
There are various factors that increase the risk of developing this troublesome condition including:
Urinary incontinence during pregnancy
Gestational age at birth greater than or equal to 37 weeks
Constipation during pregnancy
Stress urinary incontinence is the most prevalent form of incontinence in women following vaginal birth. It is the most common form of incontinence in women after giving birth, followed by mixed incontinence and urge incontinence.
Up to 75% of women suffer urinary incontinence during pregnancy and up to 31% of women continue to suffer postpartum.
Over 75% of women who reported urinary incontinence three months after birth were still incontinent 12 years later.
Statistics that no woman wants to hear - but this sad fact can taint the joy of bringing a new baby into the world.
So what can you do to make sure that your body is not only fit and healthy to conceive and carry your baby through pregnancy, but also fit enough for you to continue your life as before?
Get a class IIa medical device that uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) to strengthen your muscles like the Kegel8 Mother Nurture, which is not only a pelvic toner for before conception and after childbirth but also a labour TENS machine for natural pain relief during labour.
Why bother hiring a labour TENS machine when you can have Kegel8 Mother Nurture with you every step of the way, including the really important bit of getting you back in shape afterwards.
Mother Nurture Is Your New Best Friend
Kegel8 Mother Nurture is a 3 in 1 Pelvic Floor Exerciser and Labour TENS device that will carry you through this wonderful time, by helping to keep your pelvic floor fit and toned and you in control of your body the way nature intended.
This way you will be to concentrate on your baby both during pregnancy and beyond, rather than worrying about your body letting you down!
Pre-Conception - You've modified your diet and lifestyle, but what about your pelvic floor? Well we've got that covered so that before your pregnancy you are in the best shape ever for carrying a healthy baby! Exercising now will last you at least a year and the improved circulation booster you receive is said to boost conception rates!
Labour TENS - Pain hurts. Labour hurts, but you don't have to opt for drugs - which incidentally drug your baby too! Labour TENS is a clinically proven way that naturally blocks pain signals to your brain encouraging the release of endorphins. You control the 'boost' button, and Mother Nurture is right by your side!
Getting Back In Shape 'Down-There' - It's still a big secret among women, one we don't talk about, but most of us have this dread. Will we ever regain our intimate shape? Will we always feel loose and saggy down there? Admit it - we all think about it and Kegel8 understands...with Mother Nurture you will safely get you back in shape.
So what can a strong pelvic floor do for you?
Reduce the risk of embarrassing bladder and bowel leaks during and after pregnancy
Increase intimate sensation - for both of you!
Help to ease your baby out through the final stages of labour making it easier for you and baby
Encourage faster recovery after childbirth
Pregnancy can be like a Tsunami for your pelvic floor!
You'll see advice about diet and lifestyle changes before and during pregnancy - but sadly little about targeted exercises for your pelvic floor!
Targeted pelvic floor exercises have been clinically proven to prevent and treat both urinary and faecal incontinence in late pregnancy and after your baby is born.
The good news is there is plenty you can do to get your pelvic floor fit and strong by exercising the muscle correctly and regularly
Did You Know?
Research reveals that 50% of women don't know how to produce an effective pelvic floor muscle contraction and may actually be working the larger muscles in error; putting additional pressure on the abdomen.
It's no surprise that 2 out of 3 new mums want to know more about pelvic floor muscle exercises!
Getting back in shape... and back into the bedroom
Of course your baby's health and happiness is your main concern, but in time you will regain your life and want to reconnect with your partner.
Kegel8 conducted a poll of 1000 new mums and dads revealing some pretty interesting 'bedroom' facts:
What were your top concerns about sex after having your baby?
30% Not feeling as attractive
24% Pain and soreness
22% Sex wouldn't be as intense
15% Weak bladder
8% My partner's enjoyment
34% Pain during sex for their partner
23% Sex wouldn't be as intense
22% Sex not as enjoyable for partner
10% Fear of rejection
10% Sex wouldn't feel the same
So once you have had a successful six-week check-up, or when you feel ready, Kegel8 Mother Nurture's revolutionary Recovery Programme will help you to get back in shape, quickly, easily and in just minutes a day.
Regaining strength in your pelvic floor muscles will make you feel toned again, giving you more confidence. Not to mention increasing intimate sensation for both you and your partner.
Using Kegel8 Mother Nurture as a pelvic toner will also stimulate blood flow to the pelvic area, which helps to speed muscle recovery and promote healing of any scar tissue resulting from any stitches or episiotomy.
It is vitally important too that you practise 'safe' pelvic floor exercises following the birth of your baby. Sit ups, crunches and running put too much pressure on your pelvic floor at this time, so it is vital that you take it gently, while your body is still recovering, this can take up to 12 months.
Please take our advice - forget the 'Celebrity Boot Camp' DVDs they are not safe for your body at this time (if ever!) Kegel8 will gently get your pelvic strength back - SAFELY!
How does Mother Nurture work?
It works in two ways, one as a pelvic toner (the UKs best by the way) and a labour TENS machine. So you get two fabulous machines in one!
1. It's a pelvic toner!
Electrical impulses from the vaginal probe stimulate a contraction within the muscles of your pelvic floor. These contractions exercise the muscles and, as with any kind of exercise performed regularly, build strength and tone.
It is totally silent, and you control the level of intensity that is comfortable for you. We've chosen for you 8 clinically proven exercise programmes to make sure you get the best pelvic floor exercises that are suitable for pre-conception and after childbirth.
2. It's a labour TENS machine too!
Going through the early stages of labour without any pain relief can be tiring and diminish your ability to handle the pain during the final stages, making you more susceptible to a drug assistant birth.
TENS is a great way to ease you through early stages of labour and reserve your energy for the final push! TENS can be used along with gas and air and is rapidly becoming the popular choice for women.
It works by blocking the pain signals to the brain and helping your body to release endorphins - your body's natural pain killer!
Kegel8 Mother Nurture TENS electrical stimulation gives a soothing massage sensation between contractions and then when a contraction comes, the BOOST button (which you control) will deliver extra natural pain relief.
7/10 mums who used a labour TENS machine found it helped reduce the pain of giving birth - it's a 'must-have' for your hospital bag!
What You Get...
Often when something sounds too good to be true, it is! But not with the Kegel8 Mother Nurture. Clinical studies have demonstrated the efficiency of the programmes used for the very best results.
You mustn't ignore your Kegel exercises because pelvic problems won't go away, they will only get worse. So, you do your Kegels only to find that they are not helping, you may well wonder...since giving birth, why don't pelvic floor exercises work for me anymore? To find out more click here
There may be several reasons why manual Kegels no longer work for you. But with Kegel8 you'll get straight to the problem and get your body where you want it to be, safely and in the privacy of your own home.
Who shouldn't use the Kegel8 Mother Nurture?
During pregnancy* unless using the TENS programme during labour - Do not use STIM (use neuromuscular Stimulation) or a vaginal probe during pregnancy (use before pregnancy). Do not use TENS prior to 37 weeks pregnancy. Use TENS to ease the early stages of labour. You can use STIM or vaginal probe after the birth of your little bundle of joy but be careful not to rush into anything though; wait until after your 6 week check-up.
If you have a pacemaker * - Not all pacemakers are compatible with the Kegel8 Mother Nurture. It is important to check with your healthcare provider first.
If you have a form of pelvic cancer * - Try the Kegel8 Trainer instead. Not only does it build strength and tone, it does so without the use of NMES.
* Unless advised to do so and under medical supervision
If it is not in stock...
ViritiAnne - It's a no-brainer, it really is.
1 Feb 2019
Easier than I thought it would be, this is has been a life saver for me. I am not sure if my pelvic girdle pain is linked to the weakness I had in my pelvic floor after the birth of my son, but the reality was a real shock for me. Part crippled before the birth with PGP and no bladder control afterwards. Bloody nightmare. No one tells you this in all those glossy birth books... I had purchased this for tens labour relief, but didn't use it in the end, however for post natal getting in shape it was invaluable. Easy to use, easy to follow, I could do it while breastfeeding. Thought I would not be able to feel my pelvic floor ever again (sob sob) but it is coming back, very gradually, and I have control. Yipee. Cannot recommend this highly enough. It's a no-brainer, it really is.
Charlotte Pie - Worked Wonders
14 Oct 2017
I did a post natal physio led course called a Mummy MOT and it was brilliant however I felt I needed more and couldn’t engage my pelvic floor like I thought I should. (Big tear during delivery :( ) I was recommended Kegel8 and had heard good things and they’re not wrong. Within 4 weeks I felt a real difference it was amazing how it just clicked. No more post natal leaks and I git my mojo back :)
Charlie - Pain Free Labour TENS machione - fab!
22 Apr 2015
I had a pain free birth thanks to this little wizz and delivered a health 8lb 2oz baby boy! Yay! If you had a gellery of pics I would send you one - I've enclosed my e mail address! Charlotte J
Original article: Kegel8 Website