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!
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
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
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.
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.