Whether you had a vaginal or caesarean birth , a detailed postnatal M.O.T (from 6 weeks postnatally) can facilitate your body's natural recovery and build your confidence.
Most women, after giving birth, have a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor muscles which then creates instability and poor core strength. The result can be back pain, pelvic pain , bladder and bowel weakness or sexual dysfunction.
During the appointment you will be offered a vaginal and abdominal examination. Remember that you should have a 6 week postnatal check with your GP.
Diastasis recti (also known as abdominal separation) is commonly defined as a gap of roughly 2.7 cm or greater between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle. This is extremely common and not dangerous. In pregnant or postpartum women, the condition is caused by the stretching of the rectus abdominis by the growing uterus.
Women may be able to see an abdominal bulge when they are getting in and out of bed for example.
A specialist women's health physiotherapist can measure the extent of diastasis (separation) and provide a suitable strengthening programme to speed up the closure of the gap.
Pelvic floor muscle assessment
Pelvic floor muscle function can be assessed by completing a vaginal examination. This can be completed from 6 weeks postnatal and should not be uncomfortable.
During the assessment we will assess for;
1. Scar tissue
2. Pelvic organ prolapse
3. Pelvic floor muscle strength and function
4. Pelvic floor exercise technique
5. Pelvic floor muscle trigger points
Safe postnatal exercise
We can discuss safe return to your exercise of choice, whether it be horse riding, swimming, aerobics, pilates, running or cross fit.