I just had my third baby 5 weeks ago (uncomplicated pregnancy and vaginal delivery with no issues). This time around I had only first degree lacerations (first two times second degree) and I was able to go for walks 6 days after giving birth. In fact, walking felt so great that I walked every day for 6-10km.
Two weeks postpartum I decided to "just try a bit" of jogging. I ran a lot before the pregnancy but not much during, although I did walk 6-10km each day during pregnancy. Anyway, jogging even for short amount to of time didn't feel good. I tried again a week later (3 weeks post partum) and it felt hard but I managed to put in a mile for two days in a row. It was so slow that I never even thought it was possible to jog at such a slow pace.
And then my pelvic area felt funny and I started googling stuff...I am freaked out about the damage I may have done with my jogging attempts. I am scared that I jogged myself into a prolapse. I don't have any leaking or stress urinary incontinence (not even when I was jogging) but if I walk for a while then I feel like something is not right (like a tampon is out of place). I read so much online and all the horror stories that I don't even know if I had these symptoms before and how much I am imagining.
It's been a week and I haven't gone for any walks, but have been doing pelvic floor strengthening exercises that I bought at "hab-it" with Tasha Mulligan. For the past week things have felt fine, but I haven't walked and I am scared to walk as I dont want to feel that something is wrong. Tomorrow I am seeing my gynocologist and will ask him to assess if I have a prolapse. After that I plan on visiting a pelvic floor women's physio therapist, but I want to know if there are some good resources online aside from hab-it. So far I have been reading some conflicting info on pelvic floor strengthening (i.e. a million kegels are good, or don't do a million kegels, don't tuck your tail bone in, suck your belly button in...). My experience with physio therapists is that they deal with non active people. I want to get strong and healthy to be active above and beyond regular people so that I can go back to high impact activities.
Some more info about me: first two births vaginal deliveries with tearing. Some stress urinary incontinence following each delivery for a year or so (when running intervals, not during easy pace). The incontinence resolved itself as I became more and more active and did strength (never kegels though). After each birth I got back into running 3-6 times per week 6 weeks post partum.
My questions are:
Have you had any experience with the program at the "hab-it" website? Did it help?
What are some good online resources for pelvic floor strengthening post baby with an aim to get back into running?
Is it possible that I have done some permanent damage with attempting 1-2 mile jogs (at like 13min/mile) or did the damage already exist? If I have a mild prolapse, can I ever get back to running? Many websites say that I can't. Ever.
Any other comments would be welcome.