As a pregnancy advances, the pressure on the pelvic floor increases, often causing it to weaken. The added strain involved in vaginal childbirth causes tearing of the pelvic floor and even nerve damage, which weakens the pelvic floor even further. Because of this, it is very common for pregnant women and new mothers to develop pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is when one or more of the pelvic organs descends or falls into the vagina, causing a woman to see, or even feel, a bulge. It can also cause a sensation of pressure in the vagina and rectal areas. Although many women have prolapse after vaginal delivery, many aren’t bothered enough by their symptoms until later in life, most often in their fifties or sixties.