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You’ve Been Told Wrong If You Heard You Can’t Run With Prolapse

It breaks my heart to hear stories of women who are told that they need to choose a different sport or activity because they have been diagnosed with prolapse.

Running can be the outlet that moms need to reduce their mental load and stress, sometimes being their only slice of “freedom” after becoming a mom. So to be told that they no longer can run because of pelvic organ prolapse is truly a medical disservice and letdown.

I want to reassure you… just because you have prolapse does not mean you are broken and can never run again.

Your body is not ruined, you can still achieve great things… even athletic endeavors.

With prolapse you may need to be a bit more in sync with your bodies needs and the signs it is telling you.

Here are a few things that may help you with your return to run with prolapse:

1- relaxation techniques - often times a tight pelvic floor or hypertonic pelvic floor tension can be the cause of POP. Therefore, adding relaxation exercises to your daily regime may help support your pelvic floor.

2- finding triggers - Everyone is different as to why their prolapse occurs however there are some common trends that could instigate your POP. These include stress, lack of sleep, tight or hypertonic pelvic floor, weak or hypotonic pelvic floor, posture, hormone changes (you may even notice a difference with your POP at the time of your menstrual cycle due to the fluctuation of the estrogen hormone). Being mindful of these can help you either mitigate it or reduce the likelihood of onset.

3- pessaries - These are a great tool to help provide some kind of support to the vaginal wall to keep from descending. It sounds intimidating but it’s simply like a big tampon that is inserted in the vagina.  This can provide a stimulus for the vagina wall (which are muscles) to engage. Sometimes we just need to help remind our bodies of how things work especially after having babies.

Don’t know if pessaries are right for you?  Try inserting a tampon in and see if you notice a difference. Just be mindful your vagina might be dry due to hormonal changes so it may be uncomfortable to take out.

Navigating POP can be frustrating and lonely if you don’t have the medical team that supports you.

But do know that you are not alone nor are you needing to quit your passions because you have prolapse.

And if you need more support navigating your POP find a pelvic floor physical therapist or corrective exercise specialist (like myself) to help and support you.

Want to take the first steps in helping heal your pelvic floor?  Grab my pelvic floor and core guide here!

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