How bad is it to run

I'd like to start running but have been told that this sort of exercise isn't good for women with prolapses (I have an anterior and posterior prolapse and have had a TVT operation).

My reason for wanting to run is to try to shed some weight and to give myself some weight bearing exercise to help stave off osteoperosis (I love swimming, cycling and rowing so need something more).

I'd appreciate any feedback you can give me from your collective wisdom.

Prevention - Videos/Books


I have come to realize how many women might not have come down with prolapse had they been exercising properly. Have you considered making a video or writing a book that is just very basic for women who have not yet come down with prolapse but who are just concerned with proper alignment and exercises for the female body? For prevention purposes only and because I want to do exercises that are geared towards the female body, I’m interested in your "First Aid for Prolapse" video, but because of the name, I’d want to keep it hidden. Same goes for the book. Perhaps a basic video titled something along the lines of “Exercise for the Female Body?” I know making a video or writing a book is a huge ordeal and isn’t just easily done, but I thought I’d just throw the idea out there. I think it’d be great to get this information out to women “before” they develop the problem. The video or book wouldn’t even have to be centered around prolapse – its main focus could just be proper alignment/exercise for the female body.

baby carriers

Baby has been sick for a few days. This morning, I carried him for 3 hours, first in my sling, then in the Ergo baby carrier, in the front (front pack). The Ergo is also a back pack.

When I first joined the forum, my main concern was baby carrying; at that point, I hardly felt like I could carry him at all, because when I did, I felt like I was holding it all in.

Today, I carried him in posture, and didn't at all feel like I had to hold everything in. In fact, holding the posture, I felt less tired than I used to feel after baby-wearing. Wow, imagine that -- better than before!

So, here' my question -- is it ok to carry in baby carriers for long periods of time with prolapse? Is one preferable to another? In sling, I hip carry, since he's 11 mos. old. I also am starting to change sides.

Retroverted Uterus

I can't find my original question about retroverted uteruses so I had to start a new topic...

Christine - you said that retroverted uteruses are usually considered a mild or first stage of prolapse. I talked it over with my PT and she showed me with her anatomical model why this is so - so it all makes sense now, since the uterus is already tilted back, it makes it much easier to slide on down... My question is that I was first told about my retroverted uterus at my first gyno appt, when I was 18 years old. So how did it get retroverted? I was born like that? Or had I bad posture as a teenager? I "blossomed" very early and was embarrased by it. I tended to hunch my shoulders a lot until the rest of my friends caught up with me (and some never have ;-)). I wonder if by having bad posture as a pubescent girl I was setting myself up for this... or was I born like this? It's interesting...


I figured as most of us got our Prolapses through Becoming a Mother we should put that to one side for a day and Celebrate what we actually got out of it :)

Yes - We all have a Perolapse or three - But we also have our beloved Children :)

.......H A P P Y.......M O T H E R ' S.......D A Y.......

.......E V E R Y O N E.......

Rocking chairs and nursing positions

We have two really nice gliders, which I've "enjoyed" for all three children . . . until prolapse discovery! Now I cannot, with good conscience, sink back and rock my baby while he nurses, like I did the other two. I wonder how much all that rocking, esp. with respect to #2, who wanted to be held for all of her naps til 10 mos. old (which I accomodated, in the rocking chair, in varying degrees of bad posture); so, all this to ask, does anyone still use their rockers? And, any other ideas for good nursing positions besides the obvious lying down? So far, like today, with baby sick, I sit in rocker with straight spine and feet on nursing stool, not using the chair back.

strange.. I haven't had a good belly laugh in months, partly b/c as most of you probably know from personal experience, UP can put a damper on your enjoyment of life (at least after initial shock), but also b/c I was avoiding any kind of ab. pressure. No kidding I have managed not to cough for 9 months. And somehow avoid getting sick. Well, I started to let go a little last night w/ some old friends..couldn't find her car in the parking lot of Target...started wondering out loud if it was stolen...but who would steal a saturn really...anyway, I was starting to laugh & I felt myself kind of tip back, momentarily out of THE posture, & had this feeling of tremendous pressure being exerted on my insides towards my lower back, along with shooting pain. I just don't get it.

Swimming as pelvic muscle 'cross training'


OK, I've been doing a lot of thinking and 'feeling' my body in a whole new way when I'm going about my daily life. As an avid swimmer (swam competitively in high school and college), I find that it's a wonderful, relaxing way to get a great total-body workout. I know that most of the work that you teach in terms of posture and exercise are done against gravity, and the PT in me is very aware of how important of a concept that is.

I just started being able to swim again ( more catheters!) and have become very aware of the positioning of my body, and the way that it moves in water as compared to on 'dry land'. When swimming freestyle (crawl stroke), I am mindful of maintaining the natural curve of my lumbar spine and really trying to feel the connection of my shoulders, back, abdominal, pelvic and hip muscles as they work together. It feels especially good to me exercising in this prone position because by virtue of gravity and positioning my bladder is probably back where it's supposed to be.

Thanks for writing this book

I was told by my obgyn that I have UP and adenomyosis and that a hysterectomy would be a "good option" for me. It was described as a procedure that could improve my quality of life. As a young-ish mother of two small children, wife, avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, I was devastated. My gut instinct told me that I had to research what surgery really meant, and find an alternative. I began researching surgical options...after reading those books, it is very easy to start feeling that your falling pelvic organs are the enemy and surgery is the key to restoring your quality of life. I was feeling a great deal of negativity toward my own body, as if there was something grossly wrong with me and I had been betrayed.

Christine: maltifidus

In Diana Lee's work for helping post partum mothers recover from pregnancy deals with strengthening the malfidus. The exercises that I did seem like they would be helpful in the back keeping it's nice arch to help the pelvis stay pointed down. But I'm not sure I understand how all of these things are connected. I wondered if you could clarify or if you think that fits with the posture.


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