Understand the Pregnancy Complication Called Prolapse

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 21, 2012
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  • In prolapse, pelvic organs fall into vaginal region.
  • Some women have relatively higher risk of developing prolapse.
  • Pregnant women who give birth through C- Sec do not suffer a prolapse.
  • Prolapse can also occur if you walk around too much.




Medical practitioners describe a prolapse state as one in which the organs present near the pelvis (bladder, uterus and the bowel cavity) plummet down into the vaginal region instead of remaining fixed in their own positions.

what is a prolapseThis happens when the ligaments holding the organs and the pelvic floor muscles grow weaker. Most women complain of heaviness after their delivery and prolapse might just be the reason. Women, at times, also complain of a bulging lower abdominal region in. This might happen due to the following reasons:

  • Every woman has a different body type and in some, the connective tissues are weak which allows the loosening of the pelvic muscles easily. Such women have relatively higher risk of developing a prolapse-stage post the delivery of the baby.
  • Failing to regularly practice pelvic exercises. Pregnancy adds a great deal of pressure to the uterine section of the body and this acts as a stimulus for a Prolapse as the supportive ligaments weaken in due course of time. Women carrying twins are more likely to experience the snapping of the connecting ligaments than women carrying only one baby. There is nothing one can do about prolapsed, except for pelvic exercises and physiotherapy, which must not be taken lightly. If done regularly, putting the organs back in place will not be a cause of worry.
  • Stretched pelvic muscles post the delivery is an absolutely normal state in case you opt for a normal vaginal delivery. Women choosing a caesarean section delivery do not have any fear of a prolapse. These muscles tend to remain permanently saggy. Women have usually questioned if “all things would fall out of their body” when they experience a prolapse. The heaviness that shifts down to the vagina creates this sensation within though nothing really happens.
  • Prolapse can also occur if you walk around too much or lift heavy articles. Most women rejoin work or start walking around actively weeks after their delivery. This is not good for the body as the biological conditions do not allow such drastic changes right away. Everybody has his or her own healing pattern. Hence, it is advised that women post pregnancy take rest for at least a month. Avoid walking, climbing stairs and bending forward. Do not think of joining aerobics or taking yoga lessons to get back in shape. Lie flat on your back as long as you can. Standing upright can cause the uterus, bladder and the bowel cavity to hang downwards.
  • Avoid straining while passing stool. If need be, go twice or thrice to clean your system out.

Most women face problems while urinating, as the bladder does not allow the urine to come out smoothly. Women, post pregnancy, can feel the difference and the healing is in progress if this difficulty gets cured. Even younger women can suffer from prolapse right after their first or second child. This can be overcome in a week if the exercises are done regularly. If not, it can become permanent. Ensure to sort your daily activities out in such a way that you get to rest every alternate hour. The longer you rest, the better!


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