I debated writing this post. It’s real, raw, and crosses into pretty personal territory. The more I read and learn though, the more I feel I need to share my story – or at least the beginning of my story. After all, sharing could help shape someone else’s story.
Ladies, this one is worth a read.
Men, please pass this one on to the lovely ladies in your life.
I’m going to start off blunt and dive into the details after that.
I’ve been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse. This means that organs are starting to descend into my vagina. (Yes, I just said the V word.) This most likely happened by overdoing it during the postpartum period.
If you’re wondering why I didn’t take it easy during those six weeks, then I’ve got a whole new thing for you to wonder about. This happened after I was cleared at my six week appointment.
Read that again…I was cleared to resume life as normal.
Since then, I’ve learned that it takes a year or longer for your pelvic floor to regain strength. A year! And yet, women are often cleared at 6 weeks. That’s 46 weeks too early.
I’m not going to lie…this diagnosis has been a hard one to accept. You see – pelvic organ prolapse can’t be reversed. You can do things to rebuild strength, minimize symptoms, and help in other ways as well. However, it never fully goes away. And in many cases, it can worsen.
I’m not going to go into all of the details of pelvic organ prolapse because I don’t even understand them all myself. There’s a lot of conflicting information available on the topic.
I am going to share my journey with you – the highs, the lows, and the things in between. If you’re a woman (young or old), I want to encourage you to learn a little bit more about your pelvic floor and how to care for it.
This is the side of motherhood (and truly womanhood) that no one talks about and I think it’s time we change that. It’s time we start talking about our pelvic floor and its integral role in our lives.