Now if you are wondering what the hell you just read, then this post is gonna be an eye opener on prolapse and other conditions that can result after childbirth.
After giving birth to Ethan I was determined to stay in bed and rest and recover properly without problems or complications. I rested for two weeks and I totally felt like I had bounced back so I started to get on with life. And this is where I made my mistake….
Now before reading this, it is important to note that vaginal birth does not necessarily directly cause prolapse. Women who have had a c-section can also suffer from prolapse if proper care isn’t taken.
Prolapse can be a result of vaginal birth if the birth was traumatic, medically assisted, pushing stage was prolonged or too stained or unnecessary coached pushing.
Prolapse is also caused by a weak pelvic floor during pregnancy (kegals are necessary, who would have thought), strained pushing from constipation, doing too much too soon after birth and this is including c-section births.
It is a preventable thing but how are you supposed to prevent or check for something you don’t even know exists? That’s where this post and awareness comes in.
I had heard of vaginal prolapse before and had heard that it’s good to stay flat after birth to give your body and uterus a chance to settle back up to where it belongs. After giving birth, your uterine muscles have to work hard to pull your uterus and cervix up to where it belongs, this is where those after birth pains come into play as well. If you stay off your feet after birth, it helps this process immensely. But if you get up, with gravity working against you, walking around creating downwards pressure and strain on the uterine muscles that are trying to lift it up,or lifting heavy things that put downward pressure on the abdominal area. Then you are creating a risk of prolapse.
Vaginal prolapse is when the uterus and cervix sag/fall down into the vagina and in extreme cases can protrude out of the vaginal opening.
You also get rectal prolapse, a condition that occurs when part of the large intestine slips outside the anus.
As well as bladder prolapse, also called a cystocele that can result from childbirth, constipation, violent coughing, heavy lifting or other pelvic muscle strain that results in the bladder bulging into the vagina.
I recently also read up about rectovaginal fistula and what that is. I had no idea it was even a thing. A Fistula is when a tear forms in the wall between your vagina and your rectum,causing a hole that connects the two. This can result in bowel contents leaking through the fistula, allowing gas or stool to pass through your vagina. This can be caused by injury during childbirth or surgery.
Now why the hell am I telling you all this? Because I feel like more women need to be educated on what these things are before they happen. And not just end up in shock because they didn’t even know this existed.
I was lucky enough to only have a stage 1/2 uterine prolapse that I managed to fix quickly with the help of a physio and some pelvic floor exercises. This is where I started doing research and discovered all the different types of prolapse and info.
It doesn’t bother me any more and to be honest and a bit too open, I actually only notice my slightly sagging cervix during sex doggy style 😂😂. And I fear I may have a problem using my menstrual cup when my periods return. But I now think that’s enough over sharing for one day.
Many women are not so lucky tho and living with a prolapse can be painful and geary breaking, preventing you from exercising or doing daily tasks. Some choose to just have a hysterectomy as a form of treatment so that they don’t have to live with it.
If you suspect you suffer from any form or prolapse then it is best to see your Dr and start working towards a form of treatment.