The answer is: probably not. True confession here: I don’t do kegels! I know, shocking, coming from a pelvic floor physical therapist. I think kegels are this vague idea out there that is over prescribed and not always with appropriate knowledge and education. It’s another thing to make women feel guilty for doing, or not getting done! So many of my clients come in telling me their doctor told them to do kegels, but without really explaining how, why, how much or how often.
Postpartum is a time period that society, at least Western culture, never prepares us for. We go to birth classes and there are books about pregnancy, but not a lot of info about the immediate postpartum period. This is often a time when we don’t know what happened to our bodies, we are exhausted and sometimes feel as if we will never be ourselves again. Time will pass and each week we will begin to emerge from this fog. But first, we must rest. And bond with our new baby.
What is pelvic organ prolapse? Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of your internal pelvic organs drops into the vagina. The bladder, uterus or rectum can prolapse. The can sit just a little lower than normal or can prolapse enough to be seen or felt outside the vagina. The most common symptom of pelvic organ prolapse is a feeling of heaviness or pressure in the pelvis or vagina. Most people do not have pain. There also may be an associated decrease in bladder or bo