If you want to make sure you get your body back after having a baby then book a Postnatal Check. This is a one hour physiotherapy assessment with senior physiotherapists Pip Coomes or Bo Li. This session is designed to ensure you recovery from pregnancy and delivery well.
This one hour session includes:
- Real Time Ultrasound scan of your abdominal muscles to ensure you can properly activate them and to take measurements of strength and coordination.
- Assessment of rectus diastasis (abdominal separation) and fascial integrity
- Pelvic floor assessment
- Prolapse assessment
- Assessment of alignment of thorax (rib cage) and pelvis.
When doing a Real Time Ultrasound scan it is helpful if your bladder is not empty. You don’t have to be bursting at the seams like you do during some of your pregnancy scans there simply needs to be some urine in the bladder so try to avoid going to the toilet when you arrive at the clinic.
Pelvic floor assessments can be performed internally or externally. The physio will check the muscle tone as some of these muscles can be either too switched on or not switched on enough. Pip or Bo will then check how well you can perform a pelvic floor contraction.
How strong your pelvic floor is and what condition it’s in after delivery can impact when you can return to sports. Some sports, like running, can lead to leaking and damage to the tissue that holds your bladder up if your pelvic floor is not doing it’s job.
The physio will also assess your rib cage and pelvic alignment postnatally because it can greatly impact your ability to get your tummy muscles working again and so that you can recover your normal abdominal muscle tone.
Lots of women complain about having a mummy tummy they can’t get rid of. If there is a twist in the rib cage and/or one in the pelvis this can create pressure in your abdomen that gives you the belly bulge. The faster you identify any issues in the rib cage and/or pelvis postnatally the faster you will get your stomach back.
It is also important to check these areas to prevent you getting back pain when carrying your baby.