September 28, 2017 at 8:01 am #55973
Thank you for your wonderful resources. Your positivity has kept me optimistic during some dark days.
My history, very briefly, I had a wonderful baby boy 19 months ago. Labour was straightforward but unfortunately I pushed on a very full bladder. I knew something was wrong immediately but didn’t get my diagnosis until about 6 months postpartum.
I have a moderate cystocele. With the help of a physio and your DVD I have spent many months almost entirely symptom free. The bulge even felt much smaller.
Recently, my period returned and I have now got awful symptoms again. The bulge is bigger and lower down (almost protruding when standing now). It’s not during ovulation or my actual period either, it’s constant everyday.
I’ve just returned from a Dr’s appointment where I was advised that physio has failed me and that surgery is my only recourse (I’m only 28).
My questions are as follows:
1. Can you think why my prolapse has suddenly quite dramatically worsened? Does this sometimes happen and then go again? My exercises have remained consistent. I did start the advanced program but stopped because my symptoms worsened.
2. Even when my prolapse is ‘behaving’ and symptom free it still sits just inside my vaginal opening. The bulge has got smaller but never moved up towards my cervix, does this mean I haven’t been improving anything?
Thank you for your time and thanks again for all that you do,
RosieOctober 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm #56387
Don’t give up on it. It sounds like there is one missing link and we have to find what it is. Your homework is the Educate Yourself section. Read through it all and assess your body as you do. The fact that you were symptom free leads me to believe that we were on the right track but with the advanced exercises, a missing piece of the puzzle was exposed. Could be your breathing, your control of your tail bone, your rectus abdominus kicking in too much with advanced exercises.
Study my entries and study your body. Then come back and share with us your progress!!!
TashaOctober 6, 2017 at 11:55 am #56435
Thank you for your reply! I’m always so encouraged by you.
I am so scared of the idea of surgery but the dr’s telling me how ‘significant’ my prolapse is really dented my confidence!
I’ve just returned from a week long hiking holiday where I didn’t have to lift my son once and by the end of the week I am symptom free again. I made sure to stick my buns out and draw my belly button up and in! I think perhaps lifting him a lot has been my mistake (he didn’t start walking until her turned 18 months so I’ve perhaps lifted more than I should for a long time).
I was a long distance runner prior to having my baby, now that I’m symptom free again I think I’ll start back on the advanced exercises. I will report back (hopefully with good news!)
RosieOctober 18, 2017 at 7:15 am #57135
Awesome Rosie! Sounds like you have a grasped a lot of the information within the Educate Yourself section. Your description of keeping your tailbone lifted and chest up while hiking is perfect!
Do me a favor – would love for you to work through the Hab it Cardio for 2 months. I think you will learn even more about your body and will even get yourself to the point where you can pick up your son without sypmtoms. It will be yet another educational tool for you to ensure your symptoms stay away!
TashaOctober 18, 2017 at 7:17 am #57136
By the way – don’t even think about surgery at this point. That is a shame that anyone has even suggested that to a 28 year old who has responded well to the appropriate exercise and habits!
TashaNovember 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm #59874
I’ve been working through the cardio work outs for about a month now and I really like the exercises! I can feel my cardio fitness improving again. My symptoms seem much reduced again too.
I’ve read all through the Educate yourself section and feel really well informed now.
I think I still might be missing something though. Although I’m much stronger and no symptoms now, I still really feel and see the bulge. It doesn’t seem to get smaller (so I’m not sure what’s influencing my symptoms?) I am still breastfeeding a lot but I’ve seen that cessation probably won’t make a significant difference.
I know I should be happy that my symptoms walking around are gone but I guess physically feeling the bulge when I’m checking things is very discouraging. Especially when dr’s keep making unhelpful comments about surgery.
I don’t know what more I can do to hel myself. I’d love a second baby but do really still feel fearful that even though I’m always conscious of my prolapse it’s not improved the way I had hoped.
I’d love to hear some advice, I’m feeling a little down today.
RosieDecember 8, 2017 at 11:10 am #60322
I just wanted to add that I’ve seen my woman’s physio today and she’s confirmed that my prolapse has gone from mild back to moderate.
Although this is frustrating news, it really shows how amazing your DVD is, when I was doing that everyday I saw incredible results.
I’m going to scale back on everything and start doing the DVD again. Although it feels like a bit of regression I suppose if it was working so well for me before I must try again.
XxJanuary 3, 2018 at 10:09 am #61647
There is never a downside to going back to the Hab It exercises and “re-setting” your base. As you work through this be sure you focus on your TA vs RA. If your RA is dominant, you will have a hard time breathing with chest elevation and expansion – you will instead continue to see your belly drawing in and out. This breath/intra-abdominal vacuum control is an important. When I focus on rib elevation and expansion with any exertion, my TA draws in on inspiration and only releases just slightly on expiration. Drawing in the breath to your expanding chest cavity creates a suction of pressure, lifting pressure up off of your pelvic floor. Just a little something to think about.
TashaJanuary 31, 2018 at 3:12 pm #62825
I just wanted to update with a positive post after being such a downer!
So I went back and have been doing the Hab It DVD everyday, working through all of the exercises. I’ve been paying special attention to my TA vs RA because I think my RA certainly wants to be dominant!
It’s been about 5/6 weeks now and I am once again entirely symptom free. I feel completely over the moon. I have also weaned my son completely off bf’ing and managed to finally treat a persistent thrush infection. I think all of these things, but mainly the exercises, have helped to heal me again.
I’m a bit too scared to manually check ‘the bulge’ as mentally that doesn’t seem to be good for me, but physically I feel fantastic!
Thank you again and I guess my post is really just to say keep at it!February 1, 2018 at 3:20 pm #63855
Thank you for sharing Rosie!!!