I had started another blog but got distracted. My vote if you have to spend the day in the Emergence Department it is to be the patient who gets the pain meds and gets to sleep. I’m doing great and getting better every day, thank you but that will be a whole different blog.
My friend casually mentioned that someone who had taken my Pilates class told her it drove her nuts when I used the word Kegel. She believes that I pronounce it wrong and since she is a nurse she knows.
I could have let it go at this and I really don’t care if people don’t like something that I do. I have my reasons for the way I teach and the things I teach and I strive to learn more and to be the best teacher that I can be for my students. But my ego gets in the way. I have this thing about imparting correct information, my husband might say I like to be right. This is totally personal, but when I started teaching childbirth education, I was trained to have the most current and correct information to give to students. I told my kids if they wanted to be the ones on the playground with the correct information to ask me and I would tell them. It is an EGO thing. I recognize that.
I went to bed the night my friend shared this information but there was no way I could go to sleep. I have always pronounced Kegel with the first "e" being a long "a" sound. That is the way I was taught in nursing school and when I went through my training to be a certified childbirth educator. I hear people pronounce it with a long "e" for the first "e". I assumed it was a west coast/east coast, tomato/tomahto kind of thing, so I never worried or cared. Until that night. I had to get up, turn the computer back on and search for the pronunciation of the word. I found the correct pronunciation is both on Merriam-Wbster Medical Dictionary.
(for some reason, the pronunciation won't copy here so do check the link if you want to see it)
Function: noun plural
: repetitive contractions by a woman of the muscles that are used to stop the urinary flow in urination in order to increase the tone of the pubococcygeal muscle especially to control incontinence or to enhance sexual responsiveness during intercourse
Kegel, Arnold Henry (born 1894), American gynecologist.
I include the definition because I believe that this is an important exercise, not only for pregnancy but for life. In seven years of teaching childbirth I taught many people these and I even went to class on Friday with an attitude and did a refresher for my students there. Also note that men have the same basic musculature with a few differences, and they benefit from these exercises also. If you don't know how to work these muscles, you can stop the flow of urine once, but do not continue to do this because it can set you up for a bladder infection. Once you understand the feeling of the exercise you can do it anywhere. Not that you care but there is specialized physical therapy that can included weights. So both men and women should do Kegel exercises, they are the exercise you can do anywhere, and no one knows you are doing them. I love being sneaky about it. If you really want a good explanation of these and how to do them go to this link on Healthline.
Back to the EGO, I am reading a fabulous book called “A New Earth, Awakening to your Life’s Purpose” by Eckhart Tolle. It is the current Oprah book club selection and it is really intriguing. It talks about the ego and our relationship with it, how powerful it is, our need to understand it is separate from us, and how to get that separation. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in being and the freedom that gives us. I recognize that it was my ego that got all riled up about someone being irritated that I pronounced something wrong, now I am learning how to let it go faster and easier. I’m getting closer.