THE MUMMY MOT®
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What is a Mummy MOT®?
The Mummy MOT® is a specialist in-depth postnatal physiotherapy assessment recommended for all women following childbirth (vaginally or by C-section), whether 6 weeks after delivery or many years later.
It specifically assesses the strength and function of your abdominal and pelvic area. It will check your posture, breathing, tummy and pelvic floor strength. You will receive a report of the findings on the day. You will be provided with appropriate individualised advice and follow up rehab, recovery and exercise programme options will be discussed. The aim is to to help you recover and prevent long-term childbirth related complaints.
What does a Mummy MOT® include?
1-hour post-natal assessment with a Specialist Women's Health Physiotherapist
In -depth check of your pelvic floor strength and tummy
Assessment of any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
Written Report of Findings.
Follow- up Physio/ Rehab sessions are charged separately and will involve formulation of a bespoke* post-natal recovery programme devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals *This includes specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve your stability, posture, core and pelvic floor strength
Who needs a Mummy MOT®?
ALL WOMEN WHO'VE GIVEN BIRTH! It’s recommended that mums have an initial check-up 6 weeks post-delivery, however it is still possible to treat women who have had babies’ many years ago, women who maybe did not realise they have a tummy gap (diastasis recti) that may be preventing them from regaining their core strength.
If you consider the changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and birth - postural changes, muscle imbalances and altered alignment can occur and persist. It is essential to correct and rebalance the body, otherwise pain, prolapse, urinary incontinence or diastasis recti may occur, persist and, if left untreated, can affect women’s ability to carry out normal daily functional activities and affect her health and quality of life.
Nearly half of all women’s bodies do not recover without intervention
A comprehensive post-natal physiotherapy check of mum should be mandatory after childbirth (especially for an effective return to normal function and exercise). In France, post-natal physiotherapy assessment and treatment is already part of every new mother’s standard rehabilitation, but unfortunately this not in the case in the UK.
Why is the Mummy MOT® important?
Firstly, leaking urine when you cough, laugh or sneeze, is unpleasant and embarrassing for women. Diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles) can leave you with a unrelenting mummy tummy, weak core and back pain and pelvic pain is debilitating and can cause issues with sex, which can affect a woman’s relationship and marriage.
So many women think its normal to have problems after you've have a baby and assume it is the new state of motherhood because no one talks about it. THESE ISSUES ARE NOT THE PRICE OF MOTHERHOOD! Why shouldn’t women be able to do a star jump, have an active life and do exercise without worrying? It’s so important that women take care of themselves and their bodies after the birth of their children, the Mummy MOT® helps mums make their health a priority- for once!
How successful is it?
The most amazing thing is that most of these debilitating conditions can be treated effectively, and can be improved or alleviated entirely by establishing the needs of each woman, it’s about receiving the right knowledge, getting the right treatment and doing the right exercises that will help you on the path to recovery.
Information on this page has been legitimately sourced from themummymot.com