Congratulations, new mama! You've made it through pregnancy and childbirth, and now you're basking in the joy of holding your little one in your arms. But while you're reveling in this new phase of life, your body is still recovering from the miraculous feat it just accomplished.
One common postpartum issue that many women face is pelvic organ prolapse. But what exactly is it, how can you prevent it, and how can it be managed and treated?
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a condition that occurs when the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, uterus, or rectum, slip down from their normal position and push against the vaginal wall. This can cause discomfort, pain, and even urinary or bowel incontinence.
Pelvic organ prolapse can be graded on a scale that has four parts. Although the grading differs somewhat between physical therapists and urogynecologists, it can generally be described as follows:
This grading system is used to assess the severity of the prolapse and determine the appropriate treatment plan.
Now, before you start panicking, know that POP is a common issue that many women face after childbirth. However, there are ways to prevent it and even treat it. One of the most important things you can do is to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.
These muscles are responsible for supporting the pelvic organs and preventing them from prolapsing.
Check out my free resource “3 Postpartum Exercises to Retrain Your Pelvic Floor” to get started!
If you’re interested in REALLY diving in, my program Postpartum Power has all the tools and exercises you need to strengthen your pelvic floor and recover smoothly.
While pelvic organ prolapse may sound scary, it's a common (BUT NOT NORMAL) issue — You’re not alone. By taking care of your body and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, you can prevent and treat POP, and enjoy this exciting new chapter of your life to the fullest.
If you want more guidance, check out our online programs and community to get started on your road to recovery, and stop letting POP be a reason you aren’t living the life you want.
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