What is Prolapse Pressure?
Prolapse pressure is when you feel this pressure in your lower abdomen. Many people describe this feeling like their “guts are going to fall out.”
What Can You Do For Prolapse Pressure?
One of the main things you can do to combat prolapse pressure is work on your pelvic health and strengthen your pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in your lower abdomen, shaped a lot like a hammock that goes side-to-side, from hip to hip, and then from the pubic bone all the way back to the tailbone. It is literally the floor of your pelvis, and it holds your guts in.
You want to strengthen that muscle by contracting that muscle. The way that you do that is to close the muscle and lift. Think about it like the crane game with the stuffed animals – how it closes, and then lifts.
How Can I Exercise My Pelvic Floor?
If you truly have some organ prolapse, it can be incredibly difficult to contract that pelvic floor muscle and lift, and you can also end up feeling like you have a lot of pressure if you’re standing. One of the things that you can do is sit down and, literally, take a load off.
If you can, get horizontal because gravity is really what is giving you that kind of feeling. If your muscles are too weak to stand or sit and do that contraction, but you can actually lie down on your back, get horizontal and practice the exercise. If you’re laying down on your back, the pelvic floor will not be moving against gravity, which will make the exercise easier.
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