Braceability Pelvic Floor Support

Post-Op Recovery Week 6 - Rectocele Repair - Prolapse Surgery

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It has been 6 full weeks since my rectocele surgery and I feel really good!
 
Late in my 5th week and for most of the 6th week I was wearing a pelvic floor support garment by Braceability that helped a lot when I was out for my walks and when I was standing for longer periods.
 
 
I was nervous for awhile there...  midway through my recovery I wondered if I was going to be worse off.  Did I make the right decision?
 
Weeks 3-5 were the hardest. I analyzed every sensation, wondered if I did the right thing, thought I broke it, felt super weak, worried that I would be worse but then I would stop and breathe and focus on the outcome that I wanted.  Stressing about it would not help my situation.
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I had a conversation with my friend Maureen McGrath who is a Nurse Continence Advisor and a pelvic health expert.   She said "the 6th week you will turn a corner"  and  she was right!  The difference in how I felt after 6 full weeks was remarkable!
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I did my restorative exercises diligently every day.  Sought support from my friend and former biz partner @physioexcellence as well. I am now on week 7 of the Core Confidence Exercise Program and I also do my hypopressives every day.
 
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I tried sex and it hurt so I have some work to do there. Other 'stuff' is fine but penetration hurts. I see my pelvic health physio next week and I'm sure she will do some scar tissue release and muscle release work.
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My poops are better! My morning poop was always ok but subsequent  poops were a challenge. Not anymore. 🎉💩
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I no longer feel like I have something in my vagina which is so nice!
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I will be slowly increasing my fitness intensity over the next couple of months and will explore the Incolite pessary from Gaynor Morgan if I feel I need it.
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I am following the advice I give to my postpartum clients...6 weeks is the green light to go to pelvic floor physio. It will be 4-6 months before I am doing any high intensity stuff and it will be my physio who gives me the green light.
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Yesterday I went in our hot tub with my family which was heaven! I took baths during my recovery but missed hanging with my family in the hot tub.
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I am happy I did it. I am grateful for my community and all the support. I thank my body daily too.
 
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I will be creating new content to help support those going through surgery. There is really not a lot out there and I hope to share my learnings and help remove the shame that many feel in choosing surgery.