Almost everyone already knows to do kegel exercises during pregnancy,but what are the real goals of this training? There are two main goals one should have in mind. The first goal is to increase strength. A stronger muscle will be more resistant to tearing during a vaginal birth. The second goal is to increase muscle control which will allow you to relax and contract your pelvic floor muscles appropriately during a vaginal birth.
A stronger muscle will resist tearing, but the importance of being able to relax the muscles can not be overstated. Muscle control and strength is important during delivery because the muscles need to relax while they are stretched and strong muscles are less likely to tear. Less tears, less likelihood of needing an episiotomy. Kegel exercises during pregnancy are a standard recommendation by Midwives and OBGYNs.