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Pregnancy and Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Understanding Prolapse Symptoms vs. Normal Discomfort

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Pregnancy is a time of immense physical changes, and many women experience pelvic pressure and discomfort as their bodies adapt to the growing baby. However, distinguishing between normal pressure and potential signs of pelvic organ prolapse can be challenging.

It's common to feel pelvic pressure during pregnancy, especially as the baby grows and the uterus expands. The pelvic floor muscles and ligaments support the uterus and other pelvic organs, and this increased pressure can lead to sensations of heaviness, fullness, or mild discomfort in the pelvic region.



Distinguishing Between Normal Pressure and Prolapse Symptoms:

  1. Normal Pressure: Feeling pressure in the pelvic area, lower abdomen, or perineum is often a normal part of pregnancy. It can be more pronounced when standing, walking, or after being on your feet for extended periods.

  2. Prolapse Symptoms: If you experience sensations of "something coming down," a feeling of pressure or bulging in the vaginal area, or discomfort that worsens with certain activities, it's important to consider the possibility of pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse symptoms can vary based on the type of prolapse (e.g., bladder, uterine, rectal), and they might become more noticeable as the pregnancy progresses.

When to Consult Your Healthcare Provider

If you're unsure whether your symptoms are related to normal pregnancy-related pressure or potential pelvic organ prolapse, it's wise to consult your healthcare provider. They can conduct an examination to assess your pelvic health and provide guidance on managing discomfort.


It's important to note the change in hormones and rearrangement of organs and muscles temporarily during pregnancy. This could result in symptoms resolving postpartum, especially if symptoms are minor.


Remember, every pregnancy is unique, and what might be considered normal pressure for one woman could be indicative of prolapse for another. Prioritize open communication with your healthcare provider, and trust your instincts. By understanding your body's signals and seeking appropriate guidance, you can navigate pregnancy-related discomfort with confidence.

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About Michelle

Michelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  She's worked in PT for close to 10 years, and believes each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing.

She is devoted to helping her patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals.

Call (785) 813-1338 for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or email WebbPelvicHealth@gmail.com

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