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What is a Mummy MOT?

Have you considered having a postnatal check by a physiotherapist? Suzanne Rasul, who offers the Mummy MOT service at BMI The Alexandra Hospital, explains how you could benefit from this postnatal check. 

 

 

What is a Mummy MOT?  

A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination that is carried out by a physiotherapist. It can be beneficial for women who have had a vaginal or C-section delivery. A Mummy MOT looks for any physical problems that can occur after childbirth, including how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering. These can be affected during pregnancy and birth and the aim is to identify and avoid any potential issues arising from this.

BMI The Alexandra Hospital offers one-hour Mummy MOT assessments. These include:

  • A full posture screen;
  • An assessment of your pelvic floor muscles;
  • An abdominal muscle screen to check for abdominal separation (diastasis recti) and to see how your muscles are functioning; and 
  • A screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction. 

At the end of this, you’ll be provided with a plan of bespoke exercises to help with your recovery and get you back on track with your fitness goals.

This postnatal assessment is suitable for all mums from six weeks and beyond, especially if you are suffering in any way.

The sooner you make an appointment, the sooner your symptoms and issues will be alleviated. But it's never too late to make an appointment.

Some women will still have a tummy gap and pelvic floor issues years after birth, and they can absolutely still benefit from the session. 

Research shows us that 39% of women can still have diastasis (tummy separation) six months after giving birth. 15-30% of first-time mums will experience urinary leakage post birth, and over 50% of women will lose some of their pelvic muscular support following a vaginal delivery.

If you have a pelvic floor examination, we will then be able to give you a bespoke exercise programme to help you rehabilitate those muscles. Evidence shows that pelvic floor rehabilitation can improve pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

Despite what many people think, there are ways to stop these issues becoming long-term problems. These conditions are not something you should just put up with as a result of having a baby. 

The Mummy MOT helps you to avoid distressing symptoms and problems with your tummy or pelvic floor by identifying any problems and devising a treatment programme to promote recovery.

You’ll have an assessment by a specialist physiotherapist, who will provide you with a range of safe postnatal exercises to improve your muscle strength and pelvic floor, as well as addressing any specific issues found during the assessment.

The advice will be tailored to you and your specific needs. This postnatal recovery plan is designed to get you back to your personal lifestyle and fitness goals.

The physiotherapist will spend some time talking and listening to any problems or issues you may be experiencing as well as asking you some questions.

The Mummy MOT includes an internal pelvic examination and for this you will be required to remove the bottom half of your clothing. You will be asked to sign a consent form before this exam takes place.

You’ll then get dressed again and the physiotherapist will assess your posture and tummy, and then start putting together an exercise programme for you to do at home.

It is advisable to bring some shorts and maybe a vest top to your appointment to allow the physiotherapist to assess your posture and movement patterns.

The physiotherapist will guide you through your exercises so you feel prepared to go home and do them yourself. If they feel you need more treatment, they will advise you at the end of the assessment.

It is £72 for a Mummy MOT one-hour assessment and £52 for any subsequent follow up appointments, which are 30-minute sessions.

Find out more about Mummy MOTs at BMI The Alexandra Hospital. 

Your body will undoubtedly change after pregnancy and the birth of your baby. It is both a natural and common occurrence. However, if your mental or physical health is suffering following your baby’s birth, it is important to speak to your GP about receiving professional advice and support. Your health is just as important as your baby’s health.

If you would like to learn more about receiving mental health support or a specialist referral for any physical health problems, download the Livi app to speak to a GP by video today. Women's health specialist at Livi, Dr Elizabeth Rosen also explains how breast feeding can affect your body and common breast feeding terms that you might not be familiar with yet.

 

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