Helping Endometriosis – A Home Pilates Workout

Thank you to everyone who reached out to me after reading my post about our journey trying to conceive baby #2. I was a little hesitant putting it out there, but it’s only helped me to feel more sure of our future baby and feel more connected to this amazing community here at Happy Hour!

Because of the interest I received, I wanted to share a workout that’s helped me with endometriosis pain over the years. I have given you a free sample workout video at the bottom of this post, and you can also purchase a full length home version here.

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While there are hundreds of different tips and tricks you could find on “how to help endometriosis”, I have personally always looked to exercise as one of my go-to natural healers. I went through two years of extreme pelvic and low back pain before being diagnosed with endometriosis and fibroids in 2005. I had surgery soon after, but I knew that the symptoms could return, and I would have to learn to manage it myself if I wanted to live pain free and eventually have babies. (Not to mention that exercise is one of the best natural stress relievers out there!)

The workout I’m sharing with you today has been key to me feeling good since then! I also believe it was an important reason I was able to get pregnant and have a beautiful baby girl two years ago.

I also believe that diet plays a vital role in decreasing pain, managing endometriosis and improving fertility. You can get my Superfood Fertility Grocery list here to learn about the foods I use regularly.

Exercise can have amazing and beneficial effects on our fertility, as well as improve pain during our menstrual cycle or due to other factors such as endometriosis, fibroids or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

The Goals of this Workout To Decrease Endometriosis and Fibroid Pain Are:

  1. Increased mobility in the pelvis, low back and hips. If we have pain for any reason, we tend to become stiff and guarded. This is not a welcoming environment for baby making! This is especially true if you have had surgery or have any adhesions and scar tissue in your abdominal area. Getting your body moving in a very specific and controlled way will help break up those adhesions, detoxify your body and open your pelvis.

2. Improved circulation. By this I mean increased blood flow specifically to your stomach, uterus, ovaries, bladder and other amazing organs that help our bodies detox and reproduce! By compressing and stretching through the exercises in this workout, we are helping bring new blood and healing into those areas.

3. Decreased stress. We all know how stress can negatively affect how we feel physically and our ability to get pregnant! It can be so hard to just turn off the “stress” switch when you want a baby so bad, or you are in constant pain. During this 20 minute workout, I want you to try to let go of expectations, of negative thoughts and of self-blame. Just breathe and move and have a little fun, and know you are doing something good for yourself.

This workout can be done at any time of day, and is especially nice if you can find a short window of time that your phone is off and there are no interruptions. Just start moving and becoming friends with your body again!

Whether you are trying to conceive or would like to decrease the pain you feel on a monthly basis, I send you loving energy and hope this workout serves you well!

 

* As always, please check with your doctor before making any changes to your exercise routine or workout. If you experience pain, please stop the workout. This is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. 

 

 

 

About Jessica

Jessica Valant, MSPT, PMA-CPT, is a mom, wife, business owner, licensed physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor. She has been practicing for over 15 years, and has a passion for spreading the joy in a Pilates lifestyle! She teaches online workouts and workshops for students and professionals in the Pilates and PT industries.

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