I have a 2nd degree uterine prolapse at 24, after my 2nd 10lb+ baby. I am not petite, but no one expected me to have such large babies.
I was extremely athletic before and during my pregnancies, even biking several miles the day before I gave birth. I felt beautiful while pregnant, and strong.
I pushed for over an hour and a half with both my baby’s completely natural births and then…BOOM…I feel my uterus nearly coming out! I felt broken, nonsexual, and depressed after being on such a high. I couldn’t believe my body that could do such awesome work, failed.
I LOVE being a mother, and my husband and I would desperately like to have more children without further damage to my body. So…I have been doing the DVD three times a week, for 3 weeks and I have already seen improvement!! This has given me great hope. I also saw a physical therapist early on, just once, as I could not afford to continue, even with insurance. I now recommend to clients, family, and friends that EVERY woman make that visit at least once. Well, I just wanted to say Thank you!
My only question is this…Do the workouts build on each other or should I vary them? How do I know when to move on to the next work out? Also, should I plan on always doing these workouts 3 times a week for the rest of my life because of my weakness? Or will there be a point that I can stop?
Thank you for your story and for your questions. It is good for all of us to know that there are healthy, strong, women out there who experience prolapse at various stages of their life. It is not a life sentence – as many of us have proved that we can develop better muscular control and adopt a posture that gets us out of the comfortable, “buns tucked under” position, and go on to have more children and return to the activities we love, all with control of our prolapse symptoms.
That being said, we will always have this structural change of our bodies that we will ALWAYS have to work to control. The work may be very conscious now, but it will eventually become routine or habit. So the answer is YES, you will always have to exercise to maintain control of your prolapse, but if I was your physical therapist, I would stress to you that we all HAVE TO exercise daily in order to maintain our posture, in order to maintain our level of fitness, and in order to maintain our overall health. So this is just another benefit of consistent exercise. Continue to follow my blogs since I plan on adding more advanced exercise instruction in the months to come.
Keep up the good work 3 times per week – eventually you won’t have to follow the DVD as you will have the exercises in your head. As for the workouts 1-4, each does build upon the previous workout, but I do like to go back to work out 1 and 2 from time to time since they make me slow down and go “back to the basics” of my pelvic basket control.
Hope I provided clear explanation on this. I am so happy that your body is responding – you will continue to see improvement and increased body awareness for years to come!