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#1 MrsMammaB

Posted 11 April 2016 - 04:34 PM

I'm 8weeks PP and have been diagnosed with a front wall prolapse. I've seen a women's health Physio and she has given me a pelvic floor programme. She mentioned a pessary but we're going to give this a shot first.

Im hoping there are others out there that can give me some positive stories on how working on this has helped them?

Its all a bit daunting. Thanks.

#2 JomoMum

Posted 29 April 2016 - 01:28 PM


My prolapse was a posterior one so slightly different. unfortunately I don't have a positive story to tell you about pelvic floor exercises helping my recovery. But keep up with the programme ands tick to it much as you can- do you have an OB/Gyn you can consult with if there are no changes in 6 months or more?

#3 possumbaby

Posted 29 April 2016 - 01:45 PM

I didn't reach the criteria for prolapse but did have issues after a big baby and my advice is to be patient with your recovery. Its hard to be mindful when you're looking after a bub. Don't be afraid to say no to doing things. E.g. My physio warned against pushing a loaded shopping trolley around so try online groceries or ask your partner to help.

ETA....the positive thing is I have made a full recovery and know all about how to ensure it stays that way.

Edited by possumbaby, 29 April 2016 - 01:48 PM.

#4 muffin87

Posted 29 April 2016 - 03:38 PM

I was lucky enough to get both a front and back wall prolapse. My positive story was 12weeks postpartum I was unable to move any of my pelvic floor muscles. 3 years on I can move them. However pelvic floor exercises didn't fix my prolapses I will need surgery. After the c section of my second child my bladder stuck to my uterus so it no liger hangs out as far so I guess that's positive.
Just keep going with the exercises and don't lift or push anything ever for the rest of your life. If it weighs for than 5kg I don't touch it.
Personally I wouldn't try a pessary until at least 6months pp you need to give your body time to heal.

#5 MrsMammaB

Posted 29 April 2016 - 03:56 PM

Thanks for your responses. Not exactly the positive stories I was after. I don't mean to sound ungrateful or rude but I had posted to try and lift my spirits and probably feel a bit worse hearing that it helped no one.  

How do I not lift anything more than 5kg's with a baby and a toddler?

Sorry again, I really don't mean to be rude but only positive stories mummas x


Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:19 PM

Have you been taught to brace when you do lift?

Pelvic Floor exercises have helped a little as has keeping my weight down.

8 weeks PP is not a lot of time and it can get better after more healing has taken place.

#7 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:38 PM

Well if you really don't mean to be rude?  It usually works best not to be rude.

I'm a success story.  Mild prolapse, did the exercises and everything is pretty much back in shape.  I lift stuff and don't worry about it.

#8 DebbieDoesSanta

Posted 29 April 2016 - 04:47 PM

1,000 positive stories won't be the same as your story.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:10 PM

View PostMrsMammaB, on 29 April 2016 - 03:56 PM, said:

Thanks for your responses. Not exactly the positive stories I was after. I don't mean to sound ungrateful or rude but I had posted to try and lift my spirits and probably feel a bit worse hearing that it helped no one.  

How do I not lift anything more than 5kg's with a baby and a toddler?

Sorry again, I really don't mean to be rude but only positive stories mummas x

I think you might be overthinking this.
You might be surprised how little impact this will have on anything and if you concentrate on your pelvic floor exercises as suggested you may find that you will be okay.
Had both, don't anymore after 5 babies and pelvic floor exercises.
I carried my babies and toddlers and the washing basket :)

#10 JomoMum

Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:14 PM

The moral here is that there aren't many positive stories OP.

So rather than just ignoring your plea for help, we've responded as best we can with our own very real experiences.

I could have told you straight up that I've just spent 6 weeks painfully recovering from surgery to repair my posterior prolapse.

#11 reachforthestars

Posted 29 April 2016 - 05:56 PM

I have prolapse, pelvic floor does help and it doesn't impact day to day. The only time I notice is if I get sick with a cold. Coughing makes it worse. Also at period time I can feel it, but again, no major impact. But I carry things etc no issues but jumping on a trampoline or running I do have to be careful!

#12 MrsMammaB

Posted 29 April 2016 - 07:16 PM

Thanks so much to everyone who posted something positive for me. I have found it really upsetting and it's made me feel quite down. Not something I want of course with a new baby.

I don't think my response was rude. I just wanted to reiterate that I needed to hear only positive stories as per the title. If you didn't have one... well no need to post.  
Comments such as yours fomojnr are totally unnecessary and have just upset me more.

Thanks again everyone else. I appreciate it.

#13 wannabe30

Posted 29 April 2016 - 08:22 PM

Depends how you define a "positive" story ...?

Exercises, under the guidance of a specialist women's physio, I did absolutely nothing for me. My prolapse is inoperable, so I don't have a magic cure to look forward to.

However, I love my pessary and it has changed my life. I can walk without that painful dragging feeling and I've been able to return to some (not all) of my pre-baby activities.

#14 JomoMum

Posted 30 April 2016 - 11:29 AM

Sorry for upsetting you .

Just please take your recovery seriously. Pelvic floor exercises alone may not be sufficient, I'm afraid to say it.
If you don't notice any change within probably 3-4 months, please seek further advice from a specialist. I waited and persisted for too long, to my own detriment.

#15 EmmDasher

Posted 30 April 2016 - 01:37 PM

I have a mild prolapse (rectocoele). I was asymptomatic and picked it up myself at about 5 months post partum. I met regularly with a women's physio from then on, did all the pelvic floor exercises including ones with weights. The prolapse is still there and it will always be there but it doesn't impact my day to day life.

The women's physio advised me - no running for exercise while I was pregnant or breastfeeding as the hormones in circulation make the area weaker and prone to making the prolapse worse. Other than that, once my pelvic floor was back up to full strength I was cleared to start running again (although I'd probably hesitate to do truly long distances again for fear of making it worse). Lifting isn't a problem for me either.

#16 EmmDasher

Posted 30 April 2016 - 01:44 PM

Oh I forgot, the physio also prescribed me some SRC support shorts that I'm supposed to wear when exercising to help support the pelvic floor. I don't feel they do much but I'm a good patient so do what I'm told. I know others find them very helpful.

#17 MrsMammaB

Posted 02 May 2016 - 11:52 AM

Thanks everyone.

Emmdash I did try some SRC shorts and they definitely gave me the feeling of being more supported. Not bad for the tummy either! Im not a runner but definitely keen to get back into some exercise. I've even been wary of walking for too long.

Thanks FomoJnr. Im definitely taking it seriously with regular physio appointments. Im not sure what else I can be doing besides taking it easy, not lifting etc? I was advised surgery wasn't an option until I stopped breastfeeding.

#18 Ettienne

Posted 03 May 2016 - 08:50 PM

After my first visit with the physio I felt probably very much the way you're feeling now- overwhelmed and like the prolapse was going to govern every little thing I did for the rest of my life! I was also feeling very down about it. I discovered my prolapse when DD was about 1 yr old so I couldn't imagine going through that so close pp while still settling in with your newborn as well. Just know that the exercises really do help. Not sure if your physio has mentioned the weights to you but this is what I have found the most effective for me. Good luck! It's not all doom and gloom. Iv been fairly open with people about my prolapse (I'm a hairdresser, all sorts of things come up in conversation lol!) and it's amazing just how many women are in the same boat. You're certainly not alone!

#19 MrsMammaB

Posted 06 May 2016 - 03:11 PM

Thanks so much Tanya. This is all great to hear. I haven't heard about the weights so will look into it and also ask my physio. I'm definitely feeling better than 4 weeks ago when I first found out. I guess I didn't really know what the hell it meant for me but now I'm realising I'll still able to do lots of things. Thanks for taking the time 😊

#20 Grasshopper5

Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:38 PM

OP, my Physio is pretty tell it like it is and she says most of her patients see an improvement if they are careful with lifting etc and consistent with exercises. Mine's fairly mild and she's positive that I won't notice it down the track. My GP also says a lot of people see an improvement over the first year or so PP.

#21 kittensurprise

Posted 14 February 2017 - 01:58 PM

I got 3 with my second pregnancy (bladder, bowel and uterine)
I definetly wet through quite an emotional grieving process and perhaps that is what your going through dont worry it wont always feel so severe

I have never been focused enough to be a good patient i never do my pelvic floor and i still lift my kids (its really quite unavoidable) althougth i do find it make s anice excuse to ask hubby to do something instead but life continues i carry the washing etc... although it hasnt improved it also hasnt got worse in 4 years

#22 JolieCat

Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:56 AM

just wanted to say that I totally empathise with how you're feeling. I'm in a similar situation, was freaked out about it but gradually it has gotten a little better (I'm now 6month post partum).
I'm hoping once I stop bf it will improve further.

Try to ignore posts that don't answer your original post. It seems like that's just the way forums are - people respond cos they think it might be helpful but aren't actually addressing the original question/request. And IMO you weren't rude with your reminder/request for positive stories to help boost your mood.

All the best

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