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What Should I Do When Getting Cramps From Kegel Exercises?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

I'm Amanda Olson from IntimateRose.com, and I'm a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation.

One of the questions that we commonly hear at IntimateRose.com is, “Is it normal to feel crampy after using the weights?”

Are Cramps During Kegel Exercises Normal?

The answer is yes: The pelvic floor muscles are muscles just like anywhere else in the body.

The muscles can become tired, and they can become sore, with activity that's new and challenging to them.

If you lifted heavy weights, doing bicep curls, your arms would feel sore the next day, sometimes for up to two days.

The same thing can happen in the pelvic floor.

One of the things that you can do is drink a lot of water.

You can space your use out every other day, or you can use a lighter weight and build up a little bit more gradually.

If you're feeling a deeper cramp, more similar to kind of a menstrual cramping sensation, one thing that you can try is lying down while you're using the weights.

Sometimes the weight itself can be bumping up to the cervix, which is at the base of the uterus, and that can cause the uterine muscles to contract a little bit; that can lend to that cramping sensation.

So you can try using the weights and doing Kegels lying down, so that the uterus is moved out of the way just a bit, if you're feeling uncomfortable.

But it is always a good idea to drink water.

You can always sit in a warm bath, too, to help the muscles feel a little bit happier.

Going for a walk is another way to get the muscles to relax a little bit as well.

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