The Uterus is Pretty Awesome.
“There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we.”
-Ina May Gaskin
The uterus is a female organ in which the growing fetus develops. One end of the uterus opens to the cervix and indirectly the vagina. The opposite end of the uterus is connected to both fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes allow for a passageway for the eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.
Within the pelvic cavity, the uterus is held in place by ligaments and fascia. The broad ligament of the uterus connects the sidewalls of the uterus to the pelvic floor. The peritoneal ligaments help to hold in place as well. Think about an intricate spider web with a little water balloon in the middle.
During pregnancy the uterus grows from about 2 ½ ounces to close to 2 pounds. This does not even include the baby. When birth is right around the corner, the uterus covers the entire area from the pelvic cavity up to the rib cage. The uterus can now hold up to 500 times what it did prior to pregnancy. Talk about some major adaptation!
To help initiate labor there are hormones that soften the cervix to help it open and make room for the baby. The uterus begins to contract and increases in intensity in order to dilate the cervix so that it spreads out wide enough. Once the cervix is dilated the uterus continues to contact, but some say it’s a different sensation, in order to push the baby out. This is where women will feel the urge to push.
Once the baby is born, the uterus decreases about half of its size within the first two weeks. Our bodies undergo an enormous amount of physical, psychological, and physiological changes throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. The uterus is where a lot of action occurs.
As I mentioned earlier, the uterus is suspended in the pelvic cavity via ligaments and fascia. Think about this: if one sacroiliac joint is restricted or one hip joint is tighter than the other then the ligaments on the opposite side are most likely doing extra work. One side of the uterus will have super tight ligaments and fascia while the other will have super lax ligaments. As an indirect result this does not allow the baby much options to grow and rotate. Bodywork, or treatment via myself or anyone else, is super important, so that the pelvis can stay balanced and support an optimal growing environment for the baby.
Help your uterus out and get treatment!
In 10 minutes:
20 KB Snatches (alternating arms, 35#)
In the remaining time…
20 Alternating lunges
10 KB Thrusters (alternating)
5 Push ups (elevated)
- Be sure to do push ups elevated with plates, boxes, or even on the wall.
- Thrusters can be done with KB, DB, or even barbell.