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  • What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
  • Eating Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
  • Healthy Recipe
What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

As women age, many experience issues in their pelvic region that oftentimes aren’t discussed or recognized, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
The pelvic organs are held in place my muscles of the pelvic floor. Fascia – layers of connective tissue – provide support.

The supporting muscles and fascia can become torn, stretched, or weaken when a woman ages, according to the ACOG. It can cause a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse, in which, the organs begin to drop downward.

Many women have no symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse, according to the ACOG. Women who do have symptoms typically experience the following:
  • Feeling of pelvic heaviness
  • Leaking urine
  • Lower back pain
  • Organs bulging out 
  • Pelvic pressure that gets worse
  • Problems with inserting tampons
  • Pulling feeling
  • Intimacy difficulties

Though aging can play a major role in pelvic organ prolapse, some other causes include:
  • Being overweight
  • Chronic coughing
  • Constipation
  • Genetics
  • Menopause
  • Prior pelvic surgery
  • Straining to have bowel movements

Talking with your physician is the first step to treating pelvic organ prolapse. Your doctor might recommend a non-surgical option first, such as Kegel exercises, which can help keep the issue from getting worse, according to the ACOG.

Kegel exercises are repeated contractions used to strengthen the pelvic floor.

Another non-surgical option is a pessary. This device is similar to a diaphragm and is inserted to help support the pelvic area, according to the ACOG.

If non-surgical options are not enough, your physician might recommend surgery. 

For more information about pelvic organ prolapse and support options, talk to Dr Hannah.
Eating Fish: What Pregnant Women and Parents Should Know
FDA and EPA have issued advice regarding eating fish. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant - as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children - make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.

The advice includes a chart that makes it easier than ever to choose dozens of healthy and safe options, and a set of frequently asked questions & answers.
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Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes - Healthy Family recipe!  This is easy, inexpensive and perfect for an easy after school dinner; you can double the recipe for more servings. If you want to do this on the stove top, simply simmer in a heavy pot for 30 minutes.

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