Gentle exercise after undergoing prolapsed uterus surgery can aid the recovery process, and many women find exercising helps them to get their life back to some kind of normality again.
Yet, knowing which exercises you can and can’t do is important to ensure you recover well from the sacrohysteropexy procedure, and to avoid putting undue pressure on the pelvic floor, which may result in further uterus problems. Here are some exercises to avoid.
Sit-ups are designed to help strengthen your abdominal muscles, where you lie on your back and pull your torso up to a sitting position without using your arms. As well as the traditional sit-up, there are different variations of the sit-up, including incline sit-ups, oblique sit-ups and sit-ups using an exercise ball. Although these are excellent abdominal core exercises, they’re too intense for someone who has just had prolapse surgery, so avoid them until you are fully recovered.
Intense yoga or Pilates
Yoga and Pilates can help in your recovery following prolapse surgery, but it’s essential to know which types of movements or positions are safe to follow. Some may be too intense or strenuous and could cause the downward movement of the pelvic floor. Deep squat poses, for example, put pressure on the pelvic region, while forward bend poses also increase downward pressure on the pelvis. Some poses can be modified to reduce pressure, but seek expert guidance before resuming these activities following surgery.
It’s a well-known fact that heavy lifting following prolapse repair should be avoided, so if you usually lift weights at the gym, you’ll need to give them a miss for a good while. Even simple tasks such as carrying shopping bags or lifting up children can put a strain on the uterus, so heavy lifting of any type is not advisable at this time.
Running is a high impact sport, which puts downward pressure on the pelvic region. It is, therefore, not a recommended activity during the recovery phase following prolapse surgery. Other high impact exercises, such as horseriding and aerobics, should also be avoided at this time.
So the best form of exercise is walking. Start off gently and build up as you feel comfortable to a faster pace. If you have any questions, please contact us at The Pelvic Clinic.