I originally posted this blog post last August. I wanted to update you that things are better then they ever have been for me with Prolapse! I will be reviewing another form or workout that I have been doing lately that has helped me feel human, in shape and sexy again! Come back Monday the 3rd to see what it is!
Okay today I am going to talk about something extremely personal. I would rather not discuss this topic but will because I hate to think how many woman out there are dealing with my same issue, or one similar, and not know where to reach out or how. As a warning I want to let you know I will be using the names of female body parts which could be offensive to some people. If you are one of those people I apologize, close this post and wait for my next one. Here we go…
Two weeks after the birth of my third child I realized things were NOT normal “down there”. I started panicking and called the doctors office right away. I was terribly afraid that my uterus was falling down. In the doctors office I was told that my uterus was fine but my bladder had fallen into the walls of the vagina, a stage two bladder prolapse, medically termed a cystocele. Horrified and teary eyed I asked my doctor what it meant. He calmly and confidently said it happens to women occasionally and should be back to normal by the first birthday of my baby. My doctor is awesome, I appreciate him fully but he is not a woman’s health specialist he is a family practice doctor. He does not deal with prolapse all the time.
I left the office feeling confident but with so many questions. I was bummed it would take a year but was happy life would go back to “normal”. A few days after getting my diagnosis I was thinking about my half marathon goal and how soon I could start training for one. I have never done a half or full marathon, I had planned on doing one this summer. While researching I was curious about how long I would need to wait for my prolapse to heal before starting a running routine. The information I found was more then devastating, my soul lingered at my feet, my body tingled, I felt hot and heartache set in. I could find nothing positive about prolapse. I was reading that I would never run again and my body would never return to normal. I cried for weeks, I was afraid to walk, jump, pick my kids up, I was afraid my bladder would fall out completely. Depression hung around for months. The worst part is that I couldn’t workout confidently so the baby weight stayed on. I did not have the endorphin release from exercise that my emotions so badly craved. Running has always been the way I lose the weight and de-stress after a baby so this news only added to my frustration and heartache. Days, weeks and months went by with no idea what to do for myself. As time went on I started to feel better down there yet I was still to afraid to workout. Frustration filled every part of my being when I thought about how I would lose the baby weight. I felt lost and lonely.
One Saturday morning my Mom told me to listen to a local health talk show on the radio. She said they were discussing woman’s health. I tuned in and received a huge answer to prayer! Two women Physical Therapists were taking about pelvic health, how to heal, get stronger and how they could help! Since I found out about my prolapse I had been clueless as to if I should go to a specialist and if there was even one available. I knew there were physical therapists for these specific issues but heard there was none in my area. The following week I called and booked my first appointment. I have been working with an amazing PT ever since! SO it’s worth it to find a specialist if you can! I also just found out that a GYN specializing in these issues is in my area too so I have an appointment booked with her as well. All of these things have really helped my outlook for my future running passion and pelvic health. My PT has already told me to start running again. I am very excited about it! I will live with my prolapse forever but I can make it stronger, keep it from getting worse and not even know it’s there just by taking the advice from my doctor, PT and using my Habit DVD!
In my searching for information about prolapse I ran across this website www.hab-it.com. It is a great source of information for all woman’s pelvic health and the DVD is fantastic! I use it weekly as much as I can and LOVE the exercises and the results. If I did not have a prolapse I would still be using this DVD, it strengthens your inners!
Prolapse is not just an “old lady” disease or a “birthing trauma” it can happen to anyone. It’s more likely to happen if you are older because of estrogen making the walls of the vagina more dry and weak. It’s also more likely to happen if you have a larger baby, as I did. It can STILL happen if you have not had one of those things. I read about a gal who had just had a great workout, did some crunches and “pop” she was never the same. YOU can prevent this from happening and make it better if you have one! The Habit DVD has exercises that you will learn to help strengthen your pelvic, lower body, and back region. It focus’ on correct posture and over all pelvic health. EVERY woman should know these exercises and practice them. This DVD is not just for a prolapse patient it is for any woman.
If you are struggling with prolapse and do not know where to turn to for help PLEASE email me at info[at]striveforprogress[dot]com I will be more then happy to help you find a physical therapist who specializes in these issues and doctor to help you in your healing and pelvic health. Be sure to go to Hab-it’s website and read more! Do yourself a favor and click on the link below it is time to invest in your pelvic health, order this DVD today!
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