Becky Aston, Pelvic Health Physiotherapist, kindly shares with us the importance of a Mummy MOT.
Becky has specialised in the area of Pelvic Health Physiotherapy both in the NHS and privately. She now runs Becky Aston Physiotherapy clinic in Berkhamsted offering Pelvic Health Physiotherapy to women and men.
We recommend many of our clients see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist like Becky after having a baby (however long ago it might have been). The benefit of it is huge as it enables Angela to get specific guidance on how the deep abdominals and pelvic floor are functioning and with the support of specialist input it enables the client to get the most out of our Zing Wellness postnatal Pilates wellbeing & recovery course.
The Importance of a Mummy MOT
The Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination, for women who have had a baby- anytime from 6 weeks postnatal to years after the event. It doesn’t really matter how long ago you had a baby in order to benefit from a Mummy MOT
In simple terms, it involves an assessment of your posture, abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and gives you a personalised exercise programme that you can apply to the exercises Angela teaches you in her postnatal Pilates classes in order to return to your fully functioning self.
Where did the idea of a Mummy MOT come from?
Maria Elliot an Irish Women’s health Physiotherapist and spent time working in France where she observed that ALL women in France had Pelvic Health Physiotherapy after having a baby. When she returned to the UK, the Mummy MOT was developed in a quest to highlight the need. She now teaches it to Physiotherapists to deliver around the UK and Internationally.
Why Have a Mummy MOT?
Simply because women deserve it!
Pregnancy and birth is the biggest physical change a woman’s body will go through and it deserves some love and attention to recover.
100% of women who go through pregnancy and then deliver a baby have changes to their body – whether this is a vaginal or c-section delivery. We can’t expect our bodies not to be changed by this process, but help is there to help you rehabilitate after the event
Often the emphasis in the post natal period is on the health and welfare of the baby. As much as this is important, time spent on Mum makes a happy and healthy baby too, there needs to be a balance.
1 in 3 women will suffer with stress urinary incontinence post baby and a similar figure will complain about a separation of the abdominal muscles with associated back and pelvic pain. Plus motherhood is hard physically – women need to be fit to cope with the daily activity of being a Mum.
What’s involved in a Mummy MOT?
The Physiotherapist will spend time discussing your pregnancy, delivery and general health. They will then look at you physically- how are you aligned- your posture, your abdominal area and check whether you have a separation of your rectus abdominus muscles (a very common occurrence). They will also look at your pelvic floor muscles and assess their strength and function and advise on the correct way to exercise them- did you know that nearly 50% of women don’t do pelvic floor exercises correctly.
For women who have perineal stitches or C-section stitches, the scar will be considered. Most scars need scar massage to allow the tissue to glide and slide again and become integrated again.
The long term vision or dream would be that every woman after having a baby has access to a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist so that problems can be picked up at that time and health can be pro active rather than reactive.
So if you have a suspicion that you need help, then make sure you seek your Mummy MOT.