Prevention is better than cure and we firmly believe in making sure all our mum's are fit physically and are not suffering from pelvic girdle pain or dysfunction. That's why we run a mummy check service. You can book this by selecting the Women's Health Physiotherapy option online or by calling the clinic. We want you to be confident when coughing and sneezing after you have had your baby and this is why we are following government guidelines and best evidence based practice by offering this service.
Everyone wants to be there absolute best when pregnant and we want to support you as and when you need us. We see many women with pregnancy back pain, neck pain, joint pain and sciatica. This is quite common and something we can help with.
After your baby, the last thing you think about is YOU! Believe us - we have had children and we know what it does to the body.
After the celebrations have settled and you are merely feeding, walking and enjoying your baby, ask yourself - "am I ok?"
After 6 weeks your body will be getting back to normal. Your stomach muscles will be making their way back to becoming one again, your pelvic muscles will be feeling less stretched and you will start to get more energy (though this is because you are getting used to being a parent and sleepless nights are becoming the norm). Your pelvic muscles should get back to normal. But, after a good stretch and months of a baby pressing down on the bladder there may be some weaknesses that persist. The other thing to consider is that, while the womb contracts and the pelvic anatomy go through some changes with dilation and distension, the passage of the baby may cause stretching. This may not revert back to its normal length. Some women experience trauma and in these cases the tissues in the vagina become stretched leading to alterations that may not improve over time and without specialist assessment. Seeing a women’s health physiotherapist could help you identify a prolapse early on and prevent this from stretching further and weakening over time. It will also help you answer some important questions:
When should I exercise? How hard?
We advise a 6-week check to make sure everything is ok and that you know what you are doing to help your body recover. Think of it like a MUMMY CHECK.
What about if its past 6 weeks and how do you know you are better and back to normal?
Try these simple questions:
- How strong do you feel and how long is reasonable before your pelvic floor gets back to normal?
- Do you feel confident laughing or coughing?
- Are you resuming intercourse with confidence?
- Can you get on a trampoline?
- Does running feel comfortable?
- Do you think your pelvic floor is strong?
- Do you think its ok to have a weak pelvic floor?
If you have answered any of the above, then you need to have an assessment by a women’s health physiotherapist.
Checks are simple and straightforward and will save you money and time in the future by preventing a weak pelvic floor from getting weaker.
If you would like to come and see us for a Mummy Check then book in a Women’s Health Assessment for 1 hour and get yourself on the track to recovery.