A postnatal assessment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist is quite different to a check with your obstetrician or GP – and they are both equally important.
Your body has just been through a huge transformation and you need to treat your body as though you are in recovery – you need to take time to heal and do what is right for your individual recovery.
It is never too late to book in your postnatal assessment, whether you are 6 weeks or 5 years postnatal.
Why you should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist after having a baby?
Pelvic floor muscle assessment
- We will check your pelvic floor muscles to assess their strength, endurance, co-ordination and ability to relax
- We will prescribe an individualised program to help you begin your rehab journey
- A vaginal assessment is the gold standard way to do this, but we do offer real time ultrasound as an alternative method
- This may either be a cesction, perineal, third or fourth degree scar assessment
- We discuss scar massage and treatment options for scar healing if necessary
- We will check for abdominal separation and provide guidance on recovery garments if necessary
- We assess core strength and prescribe rehabilitation exercises
- We assess your current bladder function and assess if there are any signs of dysfunction (bladder leakage, urgency, frequency, incomplete emptying or pain)
- We discuss stool consistency, if you have any difficultly holding on or emptying or pain
- We assess for anal fissures and haemorrhoids and support your recovery from these
- We discuss return to intimacy postnatal (which can be a very different journey for everyone) and ensure you have normal sensation, no discomfort or bladder leakage
- We screen for prolapse and discuss ways to support your recovery if necessary
- We discuss safe return to exercise and support you to get back to whatever it is you want to do!
- We offer baby friend group physiotherapy exercise classes (similar to pilates) and a baby boot camp exercise class