Prolapse repair has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years, and the procedure is not nearly as traumatic as it once was; especially when people opt for the sacrohysteropexy, which repositions the uterus and removes the need for a hysterectomy altogether. Still, some simple pelvic floor exercises can help reduce the need for prolapse surgery, and it’s never too late to start taking care of your body.
A weak pelvic floor is often the cause of a prolapse, and neglecting the exercises that are recommended to all pregnant women can be a real mistake. Pregnancy and childbirth place a real strain on the pelvic floor, and the periods before and directly after giving birth are the times when a prolapse is most likely.
Reduced exercise is the best way to take care of fragile pelvic muscles, as even straining your bowels or excessive standing can provoke a prolapse in those that are vulnerable. Even fit and active women have suffered through returning to high impact exercise before their body was truly ready.
It can strike at any time, however, so it’s best to adopt an exercise regime that stays with you for life as early as possible and keep the chances of suffering from a prolapse low.
Several short sessions of pelvic floor muscle exercises can really make the difference. Even incorporate basic pelvic floor muscle exercises into your daily routine, especially during early pregnancy so it becomes second nature. Simply lift and tighten your pelvic floor every time you lift something, stand for extended periods of time or just bend down. Train yourself so it becomes muscle memory. If you do this all the time, pregnancy will be no different and you’ll feel the benefit.
After giving birth, don’t skip the postnatal abdominal bracing exercises, but make sure you lift the pelvic floor muscles first to avoid placing strain on any potential point of prolapse.
In short, make sure you’re constantly exercising your pelvic floor, gently but consistently, to ensure that you have the best possible chance of avoiding a prolapse. The procedures might be much more advanced, less invasive and easier on the body, but the best treatment for a prolapse is to try to prevent it happening in the first place and take action if it unfortunately does.
If you have any questions, or need a second opinion, please do contact us. Mr Broome has performed over 1000 sacrohysteropexy procedures.