What is a post-natal check up?
So you’ve had your baby, congrats! But, your body still doesn’t feel right. So many questions come to mind…
- Have there been any changes to my pelvic floor or tummy muscles from pregnancy and labour?
- Why do I still have ongoing pain in the back, buttocks or pubic bone?
- How soon can I return to exercise?
- Can I still exercise the way I did before pregnancy?
- My wrists hurt when I pick up baby or when I breast/bottle feed.
- Or you’ve noticed that your urine leaks with simple tasks such as coughing, sneezing or running.
Does this sound like you?
The body needs time to recover not only from the delivery but also the 9 months you’ve spent carrying the baby. Having a baby to care for also brings along its own set of challenges. After you’ve had your 6-week post-natal check with your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist, you may want to consider a post-natal check.
It is an opportunity to have a thorough assessment of your pelvic floor health and may include the following:
- Pelvic floor muscle assessment
- Prolapse/incontinence assessment
- Muscle assessment of the pelvis including the SIJ and pubic bone alignment, support and strength
- Diastasis recti (DRAM) assessment
- Abdominal binder fitting
- Breastfeeding/bottle feeding technique check
- Individualised exercise program and advice
What to do next?
Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding how we can help you. To see one of our experienced physiotherapists, give us a call or email.