I finally found the thread (in Health & Healing)!
I'm right with you... I also had a big scare related to this subject. I wrote my experience in this thread:Any ideas on healing pelvic prolapse (rectocele)?
1) the way I pushed, flat on my back - worse way to give birth.
2) Pitocin, which I consented to
because I thought it was either that or a C-section. I forgot about natural nipple stimulation. I found an article online way back that explained that Pitocin weakens the pelvic floor.
No wonder women are having problems after birth.
3) not resting for 30-40 days after birth... within a week, I was up and about, climbing up and down the stairs. We Americans are proud of the fact that we are mobile and strong after birth.
It is customary for women in third world countries to be on STRICT bedrest for the first few days/weeks after birth, while they recuperate. They are waited on (fed, etc...) by female family members. We in Western states have lost touch with our families and this tradition. Anyway, I found another article online about a study in India, where they noticed that women who went back to work in the fields soon after birth, started suffering from prolapse issues.
Next time, I'm staying in bed.... my sister will fly in.
It was weird... the OB examined me lying down (you can't tell that way) and said I was fine. I, swear, something was sticking out... Anyway, at the time he told me that I should not lift anything heavy.
That's kind of hard to do when you are chasing after a toddler.
But basically, I can't go jogging
anymore. No more bouncing up and down. That's fine by me.
A friend of mine (early 40s - 3 kids, oldest about 20, youngest about 2.5) had such a bad prolapse (she blamed her first Episiotomy) that she recently had a hysterectomy. That's the worse case scenario... down the line for many older women.
I think this is a hidden epidemic with older women... if you go down any pharmacy aisle, you'll see INCONTINENCE products.
I'm not dwelling on the worse case scenario though. You should not either. Just focus on what you can do to heal now.
Like Tinyshoes, I was scared I would never be normal (carry a baby even!) again. I'm pg now
and I feel confident. I will do my Kegel's & plenty of walking.Kegel, Kegel, Kegel
noticed that I was looser after birth... but after I started doing Kegel's everyday, he noticed I felt tighter!!!!
That's reassuring... things do heal.
So do your Kegel's.
Another thread on this topic:Uterus Falling Out ?!?!!
Check out Elizabeth Noble's book Essential Exercises in the Childbearing Year
. She devotes a whole chapter to the pelvic floor.
She recommends daily Kegels... on with your legs up, like lying on an ironing board.