We are really pleased to offer The Mummy M.O.T. appointments at Clevedon Osteopathic Practice. It is a fantastic opportunity for women to get the help and advice that they need in regaining their health after having children. Whether that is a recent birth or one from a long while ago, getting the right assessment and advice opens the door to improvement.
A Mummy MOT is a specialist postnatal examination for women following both vaginal or caesarean deliveries.
It will assess how your posture, pelvic floor muscles and stomach muscles are recovering after birth. We can then provide you with exercises, advice and treatment to help in your recovery and a safe return to exercise.
Laura Morris (Osteopath) is fully trained to provide The Mummy M.O.T. assessments and has a wealth of experience in pregnancy related issues.
Why do women come for a Mummy M.O.T.?
Up to half of all women experience weakness in both the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy and up to a third still have a tummy gap at eight weeks post-birth. This can cause instability or poor core strength leading to women developing pelvic or back pain or bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. These conditions should not be something you should just put up with as a result of having a baby.
It’s recommended that women have an initial assessment after their 6-8 week GP check, but we also treat women who gave birth years ago that may still have a tummy gap or related pelvic floor issues.
- Pelvic floor weakness including poor bladder control
- Separation of the abdominal muscles (Diastasis Recti)
- Advice on when and how to return to normal exercise
What to expect at the initial appointment
First appointment- 1 Hour Assessment (£75)
- Full postural screen.
- Pelvic floor muscle assessment.
- Abdominal muscle exam to check for any separation.
- Screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction
Follow up appointment (half hour £45.00)
- Education and advice on safe activities such as lifting your baby or pushing a buggy.
- Bespoke rehabilitation programme with your goals and lifestyle factors in mind.
- Written report on the findings of your assessment.
Subsequent follow up appointments after the MOT. Depending on what is found during the assessment it is sometimes beneficial to continue with a few more follow up appointments which can include osteopathic treatment for any pain experienced, re-examinations and further advise on rehabilitation programmes. Laura would discuss this with you at the time.