I’m happy to offer you this guest post on how to prevent pelvic organ prolapse. Whether you’ve just had your baby or have teenagers, it’s important to build and maintain a healthy pelvic floor!
No one likes to do those Kegel exercises, but here’s another reason to keep at it.
Thank you to DrugWatch.com for their contribution today. Leah
Guest Post By Elizabeth Carrollton, Drugwatch.com
As a new mom, most women are focused on breast-feeding, avoiding diaper rashes, and the amazing experience of watching their baby learn and grow. As the mother-baby relationship unfolds, the woman’s body is hard at work, repairing tissues and restoring health to her internal body.
The tissues and muscles in a woman’s abdomen and pelvis go through a rapid nine-month transformation to house her growing baby. Then, after hours of hard work, the tissues are left to shift back to their original positions. If these tissues are not nourished properly, remain weak, or suffer further trauma, they can become susceptible to a condition called Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP).
Although POP is not usually diagnosed until a woman is 50 or older, the factors leading to POP begin much earlier. While pregnancy and childbirth are the main contributing factors, a genetic predisposition, smoking, obesity or pelvic injury can also do irreversible tissue damage. New moms can begin working to heal pelvic tissues, and then maintain their pelvic muscle strength and tone, with a few simple methods.
Avoiding Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Avoiding POP is important because the more severe a woman’s symptoms are, the more likely she is to require surgical intervention. Transvaginal mesh surgeries are a common method for reversing the side effects of POP, and yet they have been linked to high numbers of health complications. Many manufacturers of these mesh products have participated in vaginal mesh recalls because of the growing number of injuries due to mesh use. Using conservative measures to prevent, or mitigate, the symptoms of POP can help women avoid the risk of surgery later on.
Methods to prevent pelvic organ prolapse include:
- Health Wise. Eating well, exercising regularly and avoiding unhealthy habits, such as smoking, can promote healthy circulation and provide nourishment to pelvic tissues. These methods also help women maintain a healthy weight, which keeps undue strain off pelvic muscles.
- Pelvic Exercises. The most famous pelvic floor exercises are called Kegel exercises. When done correctly, and regularly, they can keep pelvic muscles strong. Pregnant women who do daily Kegels report fewer cases of incontinence. By committing to these exercises beyond pregnancy, women will help to prevent prolapse symptoms. Any exercises that focus on core muscles, such as yoga and Pilates, also help to provide support to pelvic tissues.
- Postpartum Massage. Postpartum massages focus on the pelvic region to increase circulation, decrease inflammation, and realign organs that have shifted out of place during pregnancy and/or childbirth. Techniques that are especially beneficial to pelvic tissues include Maya Massage, Myofascial release therapy and Shiatsu.
- Pelvic Physical Therapy. Moms who have experienced a traumatic vaginal birth, have a family history of POP or who have had a pelvic injury may want to consult with a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health. The therapist can customize pelvic exercises that will work to target specific areas in the pelvis. Exercises that benefit good posture have also been shown to reduce the symptoms of POP.
These preventative measures can also be used as non-invasive treatments for women who have been diagnosed with POP. By working to strengthen muscles, and prevent organ prolapse, most women will never require surgical interventions.
Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.