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Anna, pictured with husband Michael and Lauren, consulted her GP for advice, but said she did not get many answers at first

She had to wear pads almost around the clock – even then having accidents, when urine would leak through her clothes.

For 18 long months, she was left feeling “upset and embarrassed” about her problem.

A urologist diagnosed her prolapse which, according to the NHS, happens when one or more of the organs in the pelvis – be that the uterus, bowel or bladder – slip from their normal position and bulge into the vagina.

While not life-threatening, it can be incredibly uncomfortable, and symptoms include a feeling of heaviness in the tummy, feeling or seeing a lump or bulge, problems with weeing and discomfort during sex.

On top of this, Anna also has diastasis – where the two muscles running down the middle of her stomach separated – meaning she still looked pregnant months after giving birth.

Thankfully, both conditions improved after she began working with pelvic floor physiotherapist Emma Brockwell, having sessions once a month.

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