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Table 1 Pelvic floor muscle exercise sequences

From: Evaluation of the effect of an antenatal pelvic floor muscle exercise programme on female sexual function during pregnancy and the first 3 months following birth: study protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Gestational stage Position adopted Type of muscular contraction Number of contractions Contraction sustaining time (s) Muscle relaxation time after contraction (s)
From 20 weeks until birth Standing Slow 8–10 8–10 8–10
Fast 5 1
Sitting Slow 8–10 8–10 8–10
Fast 5 1
Lying down Slow 8–10 8–10 8–10
Fast 5 1