What are the safe exercises for prolapse?

It’s a question that I get asked a lot ….’what are safe exercises for pelvic organ prolapse?’
I understand how reassuring a list of exercises that aren’t problematic for prolapse would be (I have searched for ‘the list’ myself).
However,  there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question.

Multiple factors including hormones, stress, the aging process, activity levels, movement choices, grade and type of pelivc organ prolapse (POP) can affect somebody’s experience of POP.
And that same experience of POP can change over the course of a day…week…month…lifetime.

The type of exercise that is most appropriate for an individual depends upon many things including; what they enjoy doing, their fitness levels, and how well they manage the demands of that exercise based on their own symptoms and pelvic health considerations.

What is considered ‘safe exercise’ for one person might be problematic for another. What is considered ‘unsafe’ exercise might be very manageable and beneficial for somebody else depending on their individual factors.
An holistic approach, based on an understanding of POP as it relates to each person, is required to really help women with POP make exercise choices.

If you have concerns regarding POP discuss them with your healthcare provider.
Where possible visit a pelvic health physiotherapist and work with a fitness instructor who understands your needs.

Maggie runs pre & postnatal strength training classes in CrossFit Leixlip, Co. Kildare. She has a special interest in pelvic health in fitness.

The information herein is not intended to replace medical advice and is for information purposes only. Always seek help from a qualified professional.


Pre & postnatal fitness specialist. Co. Kildare.