Hi everybody. I want to give you an update about me to encourage you on your own journey. My daughter (3rd child) is almost a year and a half old now. Three days after she was born, half of my uterus came out. It was a very traumatic and scary experience. Fortunately, I did not have to have surgery because the entire thing did not come out and it did go "back in place," meaning it wasn't hanging out anymore. I saw specialist. He recommended a pessary and told me that in 5 to 10 years I would probably deal with it coming out again. I also found out that I had a low-grade cystocele. You all are well acquainted with the emotional journey that can come with this, and that was certainly true for me. I was very athletic before all this. I spent several months in terrible pain even though it seemed like I was doing all of the right things to rehabilitate. I was constantly aware of the dysfunction and brokenness I seemed to be experiencing.
My biggest turning point was starting hypopressives with Trista Zinn over Skype. After two weeks of learning hypopressives, my pain was greatly diminished. After two months, I felt like myself again with flare-ups here and there, usually around the time of the month or certain types of activities. It went from constant discomfort to occasional discomfort and pain.
Four months ago, I weaned my daughter completely. It took a couple of months, but for the last two months I have been almost completely symptom-free (2 symptom-like days in 2 months) even as I have been steadily increasing my workouts.
Don't give up, ladies! Our bodies are resilient. Sometimes it feels like it will never get better, but reject the thought. I honestly hope that all of you will experience great improvements as you continue in your journey.
November 20, 2017
Two weeks after I gave birth to my first baby, I felt heaviness and a bulgy feeling in my vagina to which I discovered a mild prolapsed bladder.. why didn't anyone tell me this could happen straight after birth?!? I went through a LONG period of time in mourning over my body that I once had, and many, many tears of helplessness. One morning I awoke very early, crying (which was not uncommon for me) and desperately looked on Google for an alternative to prolapse recovery. I needed something to add to my kegel routine!!! I found Trista's website and watched her testimony and felt the first real hope for my prolapse after 3 months of depression and prayers. After training with Trista on Skype for about 5 weeks so far, I can testify how amazing hypopressive exercise is and below are my email updates sent to Trista thus far (and my hypopressive journey has just begun!!):
1-2 week update:
My husband looked in my vagina while I was doing an apnea (suction part of the hypopressive exercise) and saw everything get sucked up especially in the floor pose. He was very very impressed! You are an AMAZING trainer Trista!!
2 week update:
Loving the hypos!!!!! It's also helping my breathing... I had noticed my lungs were a bit weak on capacity since birth. I have noticed I can breathe in a bit more as each week goes by. Yay!!!!
5 week update:
Another progress update - I had some marriage time yesterday and my husband said he can't remember me feeling tighter down there! He said he's noticed a HUGE change this past week!! And he thinks I'm tighter than before our baby's birth (and she was a whopping 4.43kg (9.76 pounds) with a 38cm head... AND I had a second degree tear as a result)!!!
Woo hooooooooo! I loooooooove HYPOS!!!!!!!!!
I was honestly contemplating having no more babies if my bits were all going to fall out even more but I feel so much more secure and supported down there after doing hypopressives... I'm actually excited about the future pregnancies I may have!!!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)
I'm so excited to go back to the gyno in 6 months and see how I've improved after doing these exercises! I reckon hypos are even helping my anxiety levels (lowered my cortisol (stress) levels, praise the Lord!!).
I really cannot explain, with words, my gratitude for your help so far Trista! It is changing my confidence and my life... and my marriage time ;) !!!! My husband thanks you too hehe!!!
Such a blessing you are!
May 10, 2017
After a traumatic delivery of my son, I had suffered third degree tearing and an incredible amount of pressure with very limited activity. I learned that this feeling was a result of a prolapse in my bladder and bowel. I was devastated, thinking I was going to have a huge change in my quality of life. My physio recommended hypopressives to augment pelvic floor physiotherapy. I'm happy to say that I have had tremendous success, I went from walking barely ten minutes to now over two hours. And my physio says my prolapse is hardly noticeable anymore and I'm only 4 months post partum. Trista was so supportive and motivating over these past few months. I feel like I can become stronger then ever, thanks to hypopressives. And I'm not scared to engage in exercise.
February 13, 2017
I just wanted to thank you.
Five months after I had my prolapse surgery I coughed and ended up having some complications. I was told that part of my prolapse had returned. I also told my surgeon that I felt like I was walking around with a walnut between my legs. I didn't feel the same. I was told that this was my new landscape and I was just going to have to get use to it.
I felt completely helpless. I use to be very active but I was told that I should not even walk too much let alone ride a bike. Core exercises were out of the question. All of this left me with so many fears and questions. How was I going to continue to do my job? How was I ever going to be able to do anything around the house? Would I ever be able to do the activities I loved. How was I going to keep my back strong? Would it get worse? Are my organs going to fall out? How was I ever going to feel comfortable having a sexual relationship with my husband?
Then my women's physiotherapist told me about you. That day changed my life.
It is hard to believe that in three short months I have made such progress. At the beginning I thought there was no hope, but working with you on a one to one weekly bases really helped me feel comfortable with the exercises. You were very encouraging, worked with my limitations, and moved at a pace that made me feel comfortable.
Doing the exercises on an almost daily basis has really paid off. The walnut is gone; I feel so much stronger. I don't have the constant fear that my organs may fall out with the wrong move. My back has never felt better. I am aware of my breathing and posture. And a bonus... People are telling me how great I look.
You having given me my life back. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
With eternal gratitude,
February 12, 2017
I came to learn about hypopressives after the birth of my third daughter. Always a very active person prior to kids, I felt frustrated by the limitations placed on my physical recovery by the development of an anterior prolapse. Not only was I looking for something to improve my pelvic floor health, but I was desperate to find a focus that could rebuild my core again. Hypopressives changed everything for me. The shape of my body quickly returned to what I used to look like, my pelvic floor symptoms essentially vanished, but most of all I felt a renewed sense of energy. My posture improved dramatically as well.
I continue to use hypopressives as my “core” training to supplement other more cardio-based activities. For me, hypopressives have been just as effective (and much more enjoyable) than any other exercise I have tried in the past to target the core. I don’t miss planks or sit ups in the least! I feel taller, more centered and more energized after a session. I have Trista to thank for helping me to perfect my technique, to focus my practice and to keep me motivated. It was a life changer for me!
H.H. June 5, 2016