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Taking care of your uterus or womb is important, but that importance is even more significant around the time of your pregnancy – before, during, and after it. Located at the bottom of your womb is the pelvic floor muscle that acts to support and hold your womb in place. If you strain a lot during delivery, it may hurt your womb (due to the damaged pelvic floor muscle) more than you imagine. This can result in conditions like dropping womb (i.e. prolapse uterine) which can cause discomfort of other health issues.
As a result, you would have to treat it. If the condition is severe, you may need to undergo surgery and take away your womb. Hence, extra care and attention are compulsory. Taking care of your womb basically means improving, if not maintaining its healthy size and shape. An enlarged womb means it has been strained to the point the pelvic floor muscle is unable to hold it up for much longer.
Don’t worry, this is not the high impact one that will make you sweat buckets. You can practise simple exercises that do not require a lot of straining at all. One particular exercise that would help with your womb is the Kegel exercise. You can even do this while lying down or sitting comfortably. Do this by clenching the opening of your vagina as if you are stopping yourself midway during urinating. Fun fact, you can also do this while you are urinating, but not too often to the point you can experience difficulty peeing in the future. Do it two to three times per day, maybe in the morning, afternoon, and then in the evening respectively. It will help you tremendously by relaxing your vaginal muscles, improving blood circulation, and strengthening the pelvic floor muscle that will support the position of your womb.
Watch what you put on your plate
For a person’s overall well-being, diet is everything. There is a reason why the saying ‘You are what you eat’ can still be commonly found everywhere till this day. It undoubtedly holds some truth to a high extent. When it comes to eating, you do not necessarily have to finish everything you pile on your plate – or at least not at once. Eat sparingly and stretch your mealtime over a longer period than you would normally take. Chew smaller amount at a time so your body would not feel ‘stressed’. Chewing each mouthful slowly and properly also helps release a lot of saliva. Of course, saliva contains digestive enzymes that can help in the digestion process later on.
Get a massage
Massage can stimulate the womb, causing it to contract back to its pre-pregnancy state – can also stimulate the blood flow. Once you have given birth, give postnatal massage a try. Chances are you would be experiencing other kinds of issues as well, such as breast engorgement, so this massage would help relieve it. You will feel a lot of improvement from this type of massage because it is specially created to treat new mothers who have just given birth. That said, a prenatal massage would most likely avoid your abdomen area completely to avoid complications occurring with your fetus. Hence, practising massage before you are pregnant and once you have delivered would help the most.
Minimise strenuous activities
Try to minimise straining your body (which can affect your womb), even when having a bowel movement. Of course, sometimes you just can’t help it, especially when you are constipated. Constipation may sound like something inevitable, but it is far from one. You can avoid it almost similar to how you can avoid getting a food allergy reaction — by watching what you eat. This, of course, goes back to the second point regarding your diet. To avoid constipation in the first place, you have to add more fibre to your daily meals. Fibre can prevent constipation but aiding the digestion. That said, you should also avoid other kinds of strenuous activities like lifting weight or carrying heavy items as they all can affect your womb condition.
All in all, all you have to do is to show your womb some love as it works hard to keep you healthy! Uterus care may be the last thing on your mind at this point, perhaps because it is not as commonly talked about as other things, but your body would thank you for a long, long time for maintaining your uterus health.