If you’re unfortunate enough to have suffered uterine prolapse, then you know it can have a huge impact on your life. Surgical intervention has a fantastic success rate now, but even after prolapse surgery you will have to make certain lifestyle changes if you want to avoid discomfort.
Simple constipation can be a real ordeal for someone suffering with prolapse and severe straining can even cause the onset of a full prolapse for someone with a seriously weakened pelvic floor. So it’s critical to have a high fibre diet that will help you regulate your bowel movements, as well as drinking lots of fluids to ensure you don’t dehydrate.
Dehydration is one of the most common causes of constipation, as the body reabsorbs water it needs from the colon and dries out your faecal matter. So drink several litres of water a day. Many people believe they simply cannot drink the recommended amount of water, but it is something you simply have to become accustomed to doing and once you drink the requisite amount of water every day, your whole system, as well as your skin, will thank you for it.
Excess weight is also a problem in prolapse patients. So if you live on a high-fat diet, you will have to change the way you think about food. Be prepared to cut down on fatty foods and opt for light lunches and salads that will help you lose weight, in combination with a very light exercise programme that will help burn excess calories without putting a strain on your pelvic floor.
Aside from water, it’s essential to eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, but fibre is perhaps the most important factor when dealing with a post-prolapse diet. Foods like oats, lentils, bran, beans and corn will all help give you the invaluable portions of fibre that you need to balance your diet. If you struggle to eat your five a day then dried fruit is also an excellent form of fibre, even though the vitamin content may degrade due to the drying process, and most people find that they can cope with dried fruit as a replacement for snacks like biscuits and crisps.