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3 ways your pelvic organs move

Let’s normalise the movement of pelvic organs! In fact many parts of our anatomy are always moving. They are responding to changes in pressure, movement, speech and many other “normal” things our bodies do. 

Christina Prevett (a pelvic health physio and head of the pelvic division at ICE  ) talks about prolapse being about the range of movement. In that, the greater the grade of prolapse, the more range of movement your pelvic organs have. I like this way of thinking about prolapse in this way! 

Your pelvic organs move when you need a poo

It isn’t uncommon to feel some rectal heaviness when you need a poo. It’s called “rectal loading”. And is a sign you might be ready to go and empty your bowels. 

Whilst we are talking about emptying your bowels, here are my top tips for good bowel habits AND smooth elimination of waste. 

  • act on the first urge of your body telling you that it’s time for a poo 
  • elevate the feet so that knees are slightly higher than hips 
  • slight lean forward versus tucking the pelvic under and slouching 
  • give yourself time 
  • eat plenty of fibre 
  • drink plenty of water 
  • try to avoid ignoring the urge to poo 

Your organs move when you move

Movement creates movement – like a knock on effect! So, your organs will move. From a prolapse perspective, someone with a rectocele might find a hinge or deadlift more uncomfortable. 

See this blog about deadlift variations if you have prolapse for some exercise ideas 

Your pelvic organs move during your cycle

Pelvic organs move depending on where you are in your cycle or down to hormonal fluctuations (think pregnancy and being perimenopausal when hormone changes and fluctuations are very common). For instance, during ovulation, your cervix is higher, softer and more open (because its gearing up for conception) versus other times when it’s lower, firmer and more closed. 

Read this blog about prolapse and periods to find out more 

Let’s normalise our bits moving! 

Beth Davies is a highly experienced personal trainer and coach specialising in female pelvic health, pelvic organ prolapse and exercise. Her programmes educate, empower and support women back to training or their active life, eliminating symptoms and building strength and confidence. She has been featured in women’s lifestyle magazines and websites, including  StylistMetroWoman & Home and Marie Claire UK 

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