Week 4 was definitely easier than week 3. I was less stressed and stopped over-analyzing every little sensation. My good friend and pelvic floor physio Julia reminded me that sensations are good - they are a sign that the body is adapting and healing.
I continue to be very intentional with my exercise and am following the Core Confidence Exercise Program with a few additional exercises added in. Every morning and every evening I do 2 sets of 10-12 of all the following exercises
I also do supine butterfly with support under my thighs, stacked butterfly (also called stacked cobbler), and a thoracic rotation pose. I have done a few cat cow here and there too.
I walk 3-4 times a week and...
I made the decision to have prolapse surgery in late October. I announced it early November with a bit of apprehension…. But I felt so much love and support from my community.
I let the shame of deciding to have surgery go while at the same time witnessing that others feel that same shame. I am hoping to help others navigate the decision so they too can drop the shame.
Of course I still questioned if my decision was the right one. I felt anxiety build in my body.
When I feel anxious, I feel it in my chest. It is like an ache. My heart beats faster and harder and then I feel the ache grow because I am anxious about being anxious.
Does the ache mean something? Is it my body telling me something? Do I really want this?
What if things are worse? What if it is everything I want it to be? What if? What if? What If?
Listening to the Chopra Meditation app I heard a saying that stuck with me…...
My decision to have rectocele repair surgery was a BIG one and a lot of though and research and care provider consults contributed to it. I feel a missing element of prolapse surgery is pre-hab and re-hab guidance. I hope to help change that with the aim of preventing surgery for some and improving the outcomes of those that go ahead. Here are some considerations for pre-op and post-op that may help you with your decision making and/or prep and recovery.
What is a rectocele?
A Rectocele is a type of prolapse indicated by the rectum bulging into the vagina. They can contribute to discomfort, difficulty voiding, feeling like ‘something is in there’, difficulty inserting a tampon or keeping it in. They can also be asymptomatic. Many people don’t even know they have a prolapse and the grade (1-4) of prolapse is not always indicative of the severity of or presence of symptoms.
What is a rectocele repair?
The most common rectocele...