I had a very interesting conversation with a friend, about uterine prolapse after pregnancy. She mentioned that many mums are possibly put off from running and doing high impact exercises due to a uterine prolapse. I agreed. Many women experience this after a natural birth and not only is the experience embarrassing, awkward and life changing, but if left untreated, can lead to a urinary tract infection. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Uterine prolapse is the condition of the uterus collapsing, falling down, or downward displacement of the uterus with relation to the vagina. It is also defined as the bulging of the uterus into the vagina. Uterine prolapse is a result of pelvic floor relaxation or structural overstretching of the muscles of the pelvic wall and ligamentous structures.
It only takes a few exercises a day to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Of course, some cases are more serious than others and may require corrective surgery, but for most mums, this is certainly reversible with pelvic floor exercises.
To strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, sit comfortably and squeeze the muscles 10-15 times in a row. Don’t hold your breath or tighten your stomach, buttock or thigh muscles at the same time. When you get used to doing pelvic floor exercises, you can try holding each squeeze for a few seconds.
As embarrassing as pelvic organ prolapse can be to talk about, it’s something you need to discuss with your primary care physician or gynecologist. If you want to live a healthy and normal life and continue to enjoy sports/exercise, whether it is running, cycling, swimming etc. You can do something about this today. Don’t let this experience deter you from living your best life.
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