Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Support Thread - Page 75
My prolapse is pretty non-symptomatic except for menses but I usually wear the Instead cup, which is why I feel a pessary wouldn't be a problem for me. I just hate having to fight tooth and nail with my HMO! I would like to get some weight off my mid-section to try and see if that helps reduce the pressure; I had been doing yoga before the prolapse but between that and the hernia, now I'm not supposed to put too much strain on my pelvic region, so I just walk and bike when I can.
Kitteh, I was reading your post and wanted to respond. Have your symptoms improved at all? Have you seen a doctor? I love midwives, but my home birth midwives didn't have any idea what was wrong with me postpartum when I kept complaining of pain and issues. They aren't medically trained, so you would be better off seeing an MD or DO. I was diagnosed with a separated symphysis pubis at my 6 week check up with my family doc and along with pubic bone/pelvis pain, I had very similar symptoms you describe, difficulty moving my bowels despite having soft stool. I would even feel gas build up painfully behind my rectum and not be able to pass it. Two things helped me; getting a Squatty Potty and time. My rectum felt soft like my belly for over four months after my baby was born on 3/13/13, and it's only in the last month that it has started to feel toned like normal again. Where I live in Ann Arbor there is something called the "Healthy Healing After Delivery" Clinic and they specialize in bowel/bladder injury, and there are some pelvic floor physical therapists in the system. They have given me some really good instruction in how to move your bowels without straining; I wish I had known more of this before my baby was born. I also take ground flax seed, probiotics and magnesium citrate every day to help my bowels move easier. It's not diet related; I eat super healthy and don't have constipation, it's the pelvic floor muscles that are injured and not working right. One thing that breaks my heart is how little information is out there for women in the postpartum period; it's all about losing your baby weight, nothing about taking care of your body!