Kegels are pelvic floor contractions are appropriate during pregnancy but should be tailored to your individual needs. Doing too many pelvic floor contractions can overtone the pelvic floor creating excessive tone which is not what we want prior to delivery. If you’re experiencing urinary leakage, you may have weakness in your pelvic floor muscles and pelvic toning would be beneficial. A general rule is that if you’re not leaking, do ten 2-second kegels and ten 10-second kegels three times a week. Doing these in a standing position will give you maximum benefit.
If you are leaking, do ten 2-second kegels and ten 10-second kegels three times a day varying your position each time. For example, once a day sitting, once a day lying down, and once a day standing.