Do you need a Mummy MOT?
Experiencing post-pregnancy weakness in your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles? Don’t settle for discomfort or dysfunction. We offer the postnatal check you deserve.
In the first eight weeks after childbirth, it’s not uncommon for women to experience weakened core muscles and a tummy gap. A range of problems can occur as a result of these issues, including back pain and urinary and bowel problems.
What is a tummy gap?
Tummy gap (diastasis recti) is the medical terminology used to describe the separation of the abdominal muscles, which is a prevalent postnatal condition affecting approximately two-thirds of mothers. This separation involves the widening of the two sets of rectus abdominis muscles, commonly known as the “six-pack”. The muscle stops providing tension and stability and sometimes it appears to be doming.
A comprehensive assessment would entail:
- A thorough postural screening.
- Evaluation of the pelvic floor muscles.
- Examination of the abdominal muscles for any signs of separation.
- Screening for potential bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction.
You will receive education and guidance on safe activities, such as proper lifting techniques for your baby or pushing a buggy. Additionally, a personalized rehabilitation program will be designed to align with your individual goals and lifestyle considerations. Finally, a written report summarizing the results of your assessment will be provided to you.
Do these conditions apply to you?
If so, be sure to treat these as soon as possible. After your six to eight week GP visit, an initial assessment is recommended; however, we also welcome women who gave birth years ago who still experience pelvic floor issues or tummy gaps. Let us help you regain your strength and vitality.
Where do we offer Mummy MOT’s?
We offer our Mummy MOT’s in Leeds, Harrogate and Ilkley clinics. Our expert Mummy MOT physiotherapists can help you with any post natal problems you may be experiencing. If you would like more information or to book an appointment, get in touch with our friendly team today!
You’ll be able to find links to assessment forms, patient downloads and all the information you will need by clicking on the links below.