I'm about 2 1/2 weeks post partum, and now that my tears are thankfully healing better, I am realizing that a lot of the discomfort I feel while standing is my slack pelvic floor, where it feels like things are heavy against my vagina and giving a lot of pressure. What I'm wondering is what is normal for this point, and how do you know whether to be concerned about any pelvic prolapse? I've started doing kegels, and some squatting, though I still have sutures so I don't want to stretch or open that area too much.
Any insight or links would be appreciated. Oh, and I had a quick labor, one hour of pushing for my first vaginal birth, in the tub, and I was reclining back. I spend a good deal of the first two weeks in bed or sitting, and this past week started getting a few short walks in. I've worn my newborn a couple times and am wearing a belly binder. My bleeding is all but gone, just wearing a pantiliner with occasional bleeding after I've been on my feet a little while (like 20 min max). I don't really have difficulty having a BM and just a minor lasting hemorrhoid.
ETA: I have both Tupler books for transverse abs and pelvic floor, and am currently in the stage of doing 100 ctx at a time, though it's hard to remember. I have about a two finger separation at the moment.
For me time was the best healer. I took it easy as much as possible at first. I don't remember when I stopped having that lax, sinking feeling in my pelvic floor but by 6 months it was definitely gone for me. I really didn't DO anything.
Surviving sleep deprivation one day at a time with dd (Oct '11) & ds (Oct '08).
A lot of the problems that we have with pelvic floor are because the nerves have been stretched, as well as the muscles. This means that we TRY to kegel -- and we can try really hard, but we may not be that effective. I went to a PT to help with my issues (and it helped tremendously) - she had me start out very very slowly. So for the first several weeks, you wont want to try doing anything sitting up -- too much gravity for those weak muscles. Lay down with your knees bent comfortably. Put your hand on your belly and make sure it stays relaxed. Now try and contract your pelvic floor to kegel, being sure to keep breathing, keep your abdominals relaxed, and your butt relaxed. ONLY your pelvic floor should contract. Do a set of 5 at 1-second on, 1 second off, and then rest 10 seconds. Repeat 5 times. Just concentrate on doing them right, not doing a lot, or doing them hard. (I know, it's tempting to move on). If you can easily reach, you can take one hand and insert a couple fingers into your vagina while you do it to gauge how hard you're actually contracting. You'll probably be quite surprised to notice that you FEEL like you're pulling very hard, but you can hardly feel anything moving with your finger. This is normal and will get better.
Anyway, the trick is to be consistent with these, and focus on doing them correctly, not hard or more. If you feel your muscles getting fatigued, stop. If you feel yourself starting to hold yoru breath or use your abs or your butt muscles, stop. Do about 5 sets of 5 in the mornings and the evenings for a couple weeks. Make sure you take a break between sets. As you get stronger you can move to sets of 10 with a 20-second rest between sets instead. And once you can do that easily, you can start doing some holds, where you hold the contraction for 5 seconds, then rest for 5 seconds, (do a set of 5, then 10, then 20 of the holds as you get stronger).
It will probably take you about 3-4 months before you're back where you want to be. In the mean time, be very careful about your intra-abdominal pressure when you do tasks such as lifting or baby wearing. If you feel like something you're doing is causing things to push "down there" then STOP. So anything that causes you to valsalva (google this if you don't know the term - too long to explain here) is bad. This goes for abdominal rehab exercises too. You can also start doing some "nauli" (google this - hard to explain), which can help w/ pelvic floor to move things back into the right place. Also, when you walk, be sure you've kept your lumbar curve in your back (ie stick your butt out a little by tipping your pelvis forward), since this will help your pelvic organs get back into the right place. Remember, your uterus is still shrinking down and things are quite mobile in there, so you've got a lot of time. Most of all, be gentle with yourself and remember that your body is still healing.
Mom to James ( 5/2006), Claire ( 6/2008), furry kitties Calvin and Bob, and wife to Dennis.
Hi, I'm 13 weeks pp and I had a tear also, third degree. The first week was awful. I felt pretty good at 4 weeks pp not 100% but better. Up until recently, especially during the evenings, I would get a pulling feeling in my pelvic floor. These past couple weeks though I feel great and have had no problems. I contribute some of that to time and the Hab-it DVD. It is a great pt pelvic floor exercise program that you can buy online http://www.hab-it.com/. I think I may have even had a minor bladder prolapse but that seems to have resolved itself or at least I have no problems associated with it. I would definitely recommend you check out the website. Good Luck!
Wife to my love Ted, and Mama to DS ('09) DD ('11) DS ('12) !
I can't remember when it stopped, but I know for sure I was still having the very feelings you're describing at 2-3 weeks pp. I remember thinking I was never going to feel "normal" again! Happy to report DS is 9.5 months and other than the months and months of sleep deprivation I feel a lot more like my old self than I ever thought possible :)
Mumma to DS July 2010 and expecting another baby boy late July 2012
Really pretty normal. Considering you're only 2-3 weeks pp I would still focus on having a lot of down time and reclining time. Take it easy! Really!
With my first it probably was better within several weeks. However with my 2nd I had pressure, especially when up for longer periods, for several months.