|Originally posted by sarahwebb After a long labor, I ended up with a mild rectocele (sp?) where a bit of the rectum protrudes through a muscle separation into the vagina.
As I understand the anatomy, the posterior portion of the vagina is the other side of the rectum, with no muscle in between these two parts, but rather, they are shared tissue.
I mention this only because to me, it sounds scary to think of a change in anatomy serious enough to result in muscle separation and then prolapse, rather than the idea I understand rectocele to be, which is just a bit of slouchiness to the posterior portion of the vagina, which is also the same rectum bit, since they're neighbors and share that wall.
babyluvr, I'm in a similar situation--no probs after #1, but WHOAH, after #2, things are pretty slouchy. Pregnancy is tough on the pelvic floor...especially if you were LIFTING baby #1 at all while you were pregnant! And going up stairs/vacuuming, which are things that increase intra-abdominal pressure, cause stress on the pelvic floor, which is an un-Kegel, if ya think about it.
Kegel properly, by squeezing your pc muscles (not yer buttcheeks) and relax between kegels. Sit down and relax, because when you're on your feet (as you are with two babies!) all that weight of your organs and body are resting on: your weakened pelvic floor! So get it nice and strong before you stress it out with extra stairs or vacuuming, and be patient...it takes a while for your muscles to get nice and strong to overcome any ligament damage that may have happened during pregnancy.