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Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor Muscles

Many women suffer from a weak pelvic floor after giving birth.

 

 

With pregnancy and birth putting a great strain on a mother’s pelvic floor, a focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles is required. Introducing the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer! NUK is a trusted brand for baby products, but NUK also offers products for mothers, for example breast feeding products and now the new NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer.

The NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer is especially developed for mothers. It's an aid for mothers, who want to actively support the postnatal process. The silky smooth surface and the special shape of the trainer facilitate the vaginal insertion. The discreet trainer contains a light ball, which reverberates with every movement in order to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. The NUK pelvic floor trainer is an uncomplicated and efficient training device for the pelvic floor and is easy to clean with only warm water and mild soap. The product was tested by 59 midwives and 27 mothers in Germany in the summer of 2013. Both midwives and mothers rated the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer as very positive.

Main statements from midwives:

  • 88% are convinced that the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer strengthens the pelvic floor muscle if used consequently
  • 85% rate the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer as good or better (32% say very good, 53% say good)
  • 42% would definitely recommend it and 46% would likely recommend it

Main statements from mothers:

  • 82% would continue to use it
  • Almost 80% say the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer is efficient
  • Almost 90% feel it is comfortable
  • 70% would recommend the product
  • 60% of mothers already notice the strengthening after some weeks of testing
  • All mothers describe the cleaning as easy

Where are the pelvic floor muscles and what are the functions of them?

Pelvic floor muscles are the layer of muscles that support the pelvic organs and span the bottom of the pelvis. The pelvic organs are the bladder and bowel in men and the bladder, bowel and uterus in women. The pelvic floor muscles stretch like a muscular trampoline from the tailbone to the pubic bone (front to back) and from one sitting bone to the other sitting bone (side to side). These muscles are normally firm and thick. Imagine the pelvic floor muscles as a round mini-trampoline made of firm muscle. Just like a trampoline, the pelvic floor is able to move down and up. The bladder, uterus and bowel lie on the pelvic floor muscle layer. The pelvic floor muscles in women provide support for the baby during pregnancy and assist in the birthing process.

Why is it so important to have a strong pelvic floor?

Having strong pelvic floor muscles gives control over the bladder and bowel. Weakened pelvic floor muscles mean the internal organs are not fully supported and you may have difficulty controlling the release of urine, faeces or flatus. Common causes of a weakened pelvic floor include childbirth, obesity and the associated straining of chronic constipation. Pelvic floor exercises are designed to improve muscle tone and prevent the need for corrective surgery.

How exactly does the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer work?

The pelvic floor is under considerable strain during pregnancy and birth. This can result in the muscles no longer being able to function in full. The NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer is a pleasant small and silent training aid that stimulates, strengthens and trains the muscles of the pelvic floor. It contains a lightweight ball which vibrates along with every movement. It is this stimulation which supports the active muscle build up.

Can the pelvic floor trainer be used during pregnancy?

Women who would like to exercise their pelvic floor during pregnancy should only use the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer after consulting their midwife or obstetrician.

How do you clean & store the pelvic floor trainer?

The pelvic floor trainer can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. After cleaning the pelvic floor trainer dry it well and keep in a clean, dry place, do not expose it to direct sunlight.

For easier insertion can a lubricant be used with the pelvic floor trainer?

Yes, however only a water based lubricant should be used, do not use greasy or oily products.

When should the pelvic floor trainer not be used?

Please note that the NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer should not be used during menstruation, as the tissue is highly sensitive during with time. NUK Pelvic Floor Trainer is available from pharmacies nationwide, recommended retail price €24.99.

Find out more by logging onto the NUK Ireland Facebook page or www.nuk.com

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