When you have or are recovering from a prolapsed uterus there are, depending on how severe your condition is, several self-care measures that can prevent your condition worsening, and aid in your recovery.
The following are very useful:
• Performing Kegel exercises
• Completing household chores while seated
• Lying down after meals and placing a pillow under your buttocks
• Avoiding constipation where possible by eating high-fibre foods, and drinking plenty of water
• Avoiding straining and heavy lifting
• Trying to control any coughing
• Don’t smoke – you will find smoking only aggravates the symptoms of prolapse
• If you are obese or overweight, weight loss is highly recommended
• Consider completing a juice fast.
Most of these measures are very simple.
Kegel exercises are used to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support your uterus, bowel, and bladder. The stronger your pelvic floor the better support your pelvic organs have. Greater support will relieve symptoms associated with a uterine prolapse.
Kegel exercises are very simple to perform, follow these easy steps:
Contract and tighten your pelvic floor muscles in the same way you would stop yourself from urinating. Hold each contraction for five seconds, release it for five seconds, and repeat. If you struggle to hold for five seconds initially, start by holding for two, and relaxing for three, and build it up.
Slowly build your ability so that you can hold your contractions for a full ten seconds. Once you are able to do this, perform three sets of ten repetitions daily. Kegel exercises are the most effective when you are taught by a physiotherapist, so you may want to see a specialist to learn them initially. It is, however, perfectly possible to teach yourself at home. The best part about Kegel exercises is that they are very discreet. Once you know how to do them you can practice them any time, any where, and nobody will ever know!
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