Next came the dreaded internal exam. Jillian left the room so I could change. I got my bottom half undressed, climbed onto the table and waited patiently, totally exposed except for the sheet she gave me to cover up. Thankfully this time it was an actual sheet and not those extremely uncomfortable and awkward paper ones you get at the doctor. At this point my heart rate was through the roof. I hate internal exams. I mean, sitting there in an uncomfortable position, with your nether regions exposed, waiting for a stranger to come in and thoroughly examine your vagina, isn’t something I look forward to, especially this time, knowing I was experiencing symptoms that likely meant she was going to find something not quite right with me.
- Diastasis Recti or abdominal separation
- Grade 2 posterior vaginal wall prolapse
- Excess tone (holding muscle contraction when at rest) throughout my body including in my pelvic floor and abdominal wall
- Cesarean section scar tissue resulting in adhesion of abdominal layer
It’s remarkable really. When you think about all the changes a woman’s body goes through to grow a human being. The shifting of all of the organs and stretching of tissues to make room for a growing baby and expanding uterus is truly amazing. But it’s also amazing to think that after all of that, your organs and tissues can go back to exactly where they started before pregnancy. It shouldn’t be surprising to me then that things weren’t back in place 100% and my body was trying to tell me this.