Mummy MOT / Postnatal check

The Mummy MOT is an in-depth postnatal assessment looking at the strength, activation and function of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles following childbirth.

Women’s Health physiotherapists already have extensive training enabling them to carry out postnatal checks for women and offer advice and rehab. The Mummy MOT gives training and offers a format to structure the assessment. It has also been brilliant at raising awareness with new mums so that they know more about why a check might be needed.

Many of us, after have a baby, have a weakness in either the tummy or pelvic floor area. This can result in poor core strength and imbalance which impact on our ability to transfer load between our upper and lower bodies.

The consequence of this can be back pain, pelvic pain and pelvic floor problems such as bladder/bowel weakness and pelvic organ prolapse. Weak or imbalanced muscles can also impact on our ability to carry out daily and sporting activities.

Diastasis recti. This is very common in pregnancy and frequently resolves, but needs assessing to ensure that it is not continuing and to assist with exercises where necessary.

A postnatal check or Mummy MOT assesses your tummy gap (but more importantly how your muscles activate and generate tension) and your pelvic floor to begin an optimal postnatal recovery programme.

What does the Mummy MOT include?:

  • A comprehensive post-natal assessment with a Specialist Physiotherapist
  • Suitable from 6-8 weeks postnatal but also helpful in the years after a birth. (Even many years’ later people have seen considerable benefits)
  • Checks posture, breathing, abdominals pelvic floor strength and functional movements
  • Assess any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
  • A chance to ask all those questions you haven’t been able to ask anyone else
  • Formulate an action plan to guide you back to fitness
The abdominal core (of pelvic floor, diaphragm, pelvic floor and deep back muscles). These are assessed during the Mummy MOT

How can it help?

  • It combines the principles of Physiotherapy assessment with the practice of functional retraining.
  • It assesses for postural changes, muscle imbalances and altered alignment after pregnancy. Without correction,problems such as  pain, prolapse, incontinence and tummy bulges can persist.
  • Mums need to move. We bend, lift, twist and squat and a postnatal check helps Mums to return to their daily functional activities safely
  • We all have different lifestyles, demands on us and activity levels. This individual assessment is tailored to your needs.

To enquire about available appointments, or get further information please click here, or contact Carolyn on 07722897799.

Further information about the Mummy MOT can be found on the main Mummy MOT website but experienced women’s health physiotherapists are also well qualified to offer these checks without having undergone this particular training course.