So this winter break when I was at home in the US, I went to the YMCA and got a trainer to give me a couple of lessons in doing squats and deadlifts, because I wanted to try something other than the machines. But now my mother (68 years old) says that I (44 years old) should not lift weights, because it will make my uterus or bladder fall out, because this is something that happens to middle-aged ladies apparently.
I found some discussion of uterine prolapse on the internet, but it seems to be mostly connected with women who have had children (I have not). I'm not squatting a lot as yet -- just added 2 5kg weights to the bar so just over 60lb -- and I'm not really straining at all during the lift. Can any of you help me with some info that will make mom feel better? She is very happy that I have lost weight (she has never been overweight), but she's not an exerciser, and she's convinced that my regular and very moderate 5 days a week x 30-45 minutes of exercise or running is terribly unnatural for a "woman of my age", and is certain to result in injury of some sort.
Never mind that I've been doing this sort of exercise for years, and I'm very healthy (knock on wood), it's my age. Her sister just tripped and broke her hip in December walking in the mall, which may be connected with this anxiety -- my aunt was very sedentary before and now is concerned about doing anything at all for fear of falling again. And of course neither will believe me that part of the point of exercising is to prevent something like this. They just feel that this is something older people should not do. I swear sometimes they are like throwbacks to the 1950s, which is ridiculous since they were teenagers then and you would expect they would have evolved a bit with the rest of the planet.