After giving birth your body has to recover from the changes it's made during pregnancy and the effects of delivery. At the same time it has to face the demanding job of caring for a new baby.

It's not surprising your body may need some support!

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Mummy MOT®

The Mummy MOT is a postnatal assessment recommended for women following either vaginal or caesarean delivery.  It usually takes place after your 6 - 8 week GP check.  A Mummy MOT is also appropriate later on if you have ongoing pelvic floor issues.

During your Mummy MOT our women’s health osteopaths will assess the strength and function of the tummy and pelvic floor muscles.  From there they will suggest exercises and other treatment methods to help manage any current symptoms, get you back to full fitness and prevent long-term issues.

A Mummy MOT includes:

  • A postural screening
  • Pelvic floor muscle assessment
  • Abdominal muscle exam to check for any separation
  • Screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction

You will be provided with advice, rehabilitation exercises (if needed!) and a summary of our findings and recommendations.


Birth can leave you with some lasting strains due to the forces involved – especially after a complex delivery. Unresolved stresses can contribute to:

  • Pelvic pain
  • Back pain
  • Stress incontinence and pelvic floor issues
  • Headaches

In addition to the birth stresses, the work involved in caring for a baby is not to be underestimated; the positions you will try for feeding, the constant lifting and carrying, coupled with lack of sleep may result in:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Mid and lower back pain
  • Aching wrists
  • Headaches

During your initial assessment, the osteopath will assess your movement and the condition of your muscles. They will provide gentle, hands on treatment to help restore your balance and help you back to enjoying parenting without the bodily aches and pains.

Postnatal Massage

After the birth, your body doesn’t just “snap” back – you may also now have a new set of aches and pains from breastfeeding and the constant lifting and carrying of your baby (and all the baby equipment).  These first months are exhausting!  Postnatal massage is tailored to relieve those aches and pains and give you some essential time focusing on you and your body.

Postnatal Exercise

Whether it was a C-section or vaginal delivery, the pregnancy itself, and now the care of a new baby, it may be several weeks or months before you start thinking about wanting to regain your strength and tone.

If you've arrived here before 6 weeks post vaginal delivery or 10 weeks c-section, here's a little something you can start focusing on from 2 weeks - breathing!

And, if you've never done pelvic floor exercises before here's a nice video to get connected.

If you think you might like some 1:1 sessions to help you back into the groove we have private classes with our Pilates instructors trained in post natal work.  Email us to organise a time that suits.

Once you've been checked out by your GP and have the all clear, we have a postnatal Pilates group class which you can bring your baby to.  The benefits of postnatal Pilates include:

  • Strengthens your pelvic floor muscles
  • Improve Diastasis Recti
  • Prevent back pain
  • Improve posture

If you're itching to get back into doing a little more strength work, we have Strength & Conditioning + baby classes on Fridays.  We also have PTs who specialise in postnatal strength training.