Pelvic Organ Prolapse during Pregnancy

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Pelvic Organ Prolapse during Pregnancy

First, pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is common in women during pregnancy so today I want to share with you some exercises you can do.

What I want you to know is that it won't get better on its own so you will need to seek help.

Your pelvic organs include the bladder, uterus and bowel. They are held in place by tissues called 'fascia' and 'ligaments'. These supporting tissues help to join your pelvic organs to the bony side walls of the pelvis and hold them inside your pelvis.

In this comprehensive guide, we explore the ins and outs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse, a condition that affects millions of women worldwide. From causes and symptoms to treatment options and prevention strategies, we cover everything you need to know to take control of your pelvic health.

Don't let Pelvic Organ Prolapse hold you back any longer - educate yourself and empower your body today!

I will be discussing pelvic organ prolapse during pregnancy, a common but often overlooked issue that many women face during this special time. 

I will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for pelvic organ prolapse, as well as provide helpful tips and advice for pregnant women dealing with this condition.

Whether you are currently pregnant or planning to have a baby in the future, this guide will provide valuable information to help you navigate through pelvic organ prolapse with confidence.

What Do My Pelvic Floor Muscles Do?

Your pelvic floor muscles hold up your pelvic organs from below. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, then your pelvic organs might not be held in their right place.

As a result, they may bulge or sag down into the vagina.

What are the Types of Prolapse?

1. Pelvic organs may bulge into the front wall of the vagina (cystocele).

2. Through the back vaginal wall (rectocele or enterocele).

3. The uterus may drop down into the vagina (uterine prolapse).

What are the Signs of Prolapse?

1. Urinary tract infections.

2. Difficulty emptying your bowel.

3. Heavy sensation or dragging in the vagina.

4. A lump bulging out of your vagina.

5. Your bladder not emptying as it should.

6. Weak urine stream.

7. Sexual problems (pain or less sensation).

What are the Causes of Prolapse?

Often it is childbirth that is the main cause of a prolapse. On the way through the vagina, the baby can stretch and tear the supporting tissues and pelvic floor muscles.

The more vaginal births you have, the more likely you are to have a prolapse.

How to Prevent Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

What you can do is to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Your pelvic floor muscles can be made stronger with the right exercises.

And I will show you these exercises!

5 types of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

1. Cystyocele (bladder drops and bulges into the vaginal canal).

2. Rectocele (large bowel or rectum bulges into the vaginal wall).

3. Enterocele (intestines).

4. Vaginal vault (vagina caves in on itself, possibly after uterus is removed-hysterectomy).

5. Uterine (uterus).

Day 1: Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercises Video


Day 2: Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercises Video

In this short 7-minute Gentle postpartum exercise routine focused on assisting recovery from a POP particularly after birth.

Day 3: Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercises Video

Building on from Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercise Video 2; this workout is longer at 9-minutes including all four kneeling exercises to help progress your recovery.

Day 4: Pelvic Organ Prolapse Exercises Video

Building on from Pelvic Organ Prolapse Circuit 3 this circuit is longer at 11-minutes including supine exercises on your back without the assistance of a pelvic lift with a cushion.