I don’t think that a slower, more intentional recovery would have prevented my prolapse or diastasis but I do know that it would have helped me have greater awareness of my body and given me a greater ability to really listen to it.
We never return to our pre-pregnancy state and that is okay! Our bodies have grown a human and we should be proud and honoured by what they have done for us. We should respect the stages of change they need to go through post-birth as they shift into their new normal state.
If your child came to you and told you that they had a pain or weren’t feeling well, you would do everything in your power to make them feel better. If they continued to express feelings of pain you would take them to the doctor and you would keep taking them or finding doctors that would help them until you had answers and they felt better.
As moms, it’s ok to do this for ourselves too. Your body has just been through the ringer and it is totally common to feel pressure, pain, or bulging vaginally or rectally, pain during intercourse, vaginal bleeding, low back pain, leak urine, or have incontinence of any kind. It is even common for women to be completely symptomless, but have internal organs escaping from their body, a prolapse, and not even know it, unless she had an internal examination done by a pelvic health physiotherapist. While experiencing any of these symptoms postpartum is common, it is not normal and not something you have to live with. Fortunately it’s the sole purpose of a women’s health physiotherapist to help women find cures for their symptoms.
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and you deserve to take care of yourself
and feel your best in your body.