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What to avoid if you have pelvic organ prolapse

The world of prolapse is full of “avoid this” or “never do that” kind of advice. But, put simply, there are no blanket restrictions, nor can there ever be!

Given how individual everyone is! 

So, this blog is a slightly different take on the “what to avoid if you have prolapse” statements.  I hope you enjoy it!

Avoid looking for a list of safe exercises

I know…we’d all love that certainty that a particular movement, way of training or exercise won’t cause symptoms. But looking for a list of safe exercises can be detrimental to making progress back to running, lifting or CrossFit for example. 

This is because, the moment we put something on the safe list, we are by default putting things on an “unsafe” list. Rather, it makes more sense to think of readiness. 

Is my body ready for this? Is my pelvic floor ready? Have I worked up to this? Is this too much of a stretch or simply the next step? 

The idea of the next logical steps is really useful because it helps create a roadmap back to something. 

Avoid blaming yourself

You may not have even heard the word prolapse before your diagnosis. This also means you probably weren’t told much about your core, pelvic floor, post-natal recovery, exercising post-baby or risk factors. A prolapse diagnosis can come with many emotions including feeling angry that no one told you the prolapse was even a possibility. It can be so tempting to try and pin prolapse on a single event. The likelihood is that it’s down to several factors. Many may be or have been outside of your control. 

Avoid thinking you need to fix your body

Bodies change, and things move (including our organs!) but a prolapse or movement of pelvic organs away from their original position needn’t set you on a mission to FIX your BROKEN body. Yes, you may benefit from some pelvic floor muscle training (particularly if your pelvic floor muscles are weak) or better coordination. But you can live a wonderfully full and active life with pelvic organ prolapse. 

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  Stylist, Metro, Woman & Home and Marie Claire UK 

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