High Post-Pregnancy BMI Raises Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Maintaining a healthy BMI is important for good cardiovascular health and blood sugar control, but maintaining it after pregnancy can also be key to preventing pelvic organ prolapse

Dr. Kathleen Connell, a urogynecologist at the University of Colorado, recently authored a joint study with researchers from the Yale School of Medicine and the Wenzhou Medical College in Zhejiang, China, published in the Journal of Reproductive Sciences.

The study found that maintaining an appropriate body mass index (BMI) in the first year after pregnancy can be important in preventing pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is a common condition affecting about 50 percent of women age 40 or older who have given birth vaginally.

Read the full study findings