This week I invested in a session with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, and it was probably the most worthwhile spend I have made in a very long time.

At 4 months postnatal, I felt it was time I had the sort of check up on my pelvic and core health that just hadn’t been available at my 6 week GP ‘check’ (which didn’t really check anything). With a couple of small concerns and a healthy professional interest, I booked Clare of La Femme Physiotherapy who, amazingly, came to see me at home. What followed was 1.5 hours of what I (and many other fitpros and mums) believe should be made available to ALL new mums, as it is in France (that’s a whole separate blog topic!!).  

The Mummy MOT, a bespoke service being offered by more and more physios, does what it says on the tin. After 30 minutes of really detailed questioning about everything from the specifics of my labour, to my bladder and faecal health, my diet, water intake, exercise programme and overall wellbeing, Clare carefully and sensitively examined me internally and externally, before running through some really simple, achievable exercises for me to follow on a day to day basis.

So what did I learn? What surprised me was the fact that as a fitpro with qualifications and expertise in this area, I still gained knowledge which I will use to support my post natal clients going forward. To my surprise, I discovered I had been pushing things a little too hard with my exercise programme for my small tummy separation to handle, and had a personal reality check on JUST how careful we have to be as new mums with the exercise programmes we choose and which are routinely prescribed by fitpros who don’t understand our needs. As I’ve blogged about before, while we might LOOK FINE FROM THE OUTSIDE, we need to take things more SLOWLY and more CAREFULLY than 99% of us might imagine we need to, to allow our bodies to recover from the trauma of birth.

What I was also reminded of is the importance of good nutrition to help our bodies to heal. Irrespective of weight loss goals, we need to be consuming lean proteins with each meal to rebuild tissues of the tummy and vagina, lots of veg and wholegrains to provide nutrients and help manage the constipation that often plagues new mums, and drink lots of water to aid bowel health, support those breastfeeding, and help energise our sleep deprived bodies!

As you can tell, I found the session incredibly beneficial. Unfortunately, apart from one or two clients/friends who’ve consulted physios for particular pelvic issues, I don’t know anyone else who has consulted an expert for a simple diagnostic ‘MOT’ like this. Too often women think ‘taboo’ pelvic issues are just something they have to put up with which is NOT the case. In my opinion the reassurance, confidence and practical help a session with a good women’s health practitioner can provide makes the cost worthwhile. So ladies, put that embarrassment and those notions that you have to live with problems aside, and talk to an expert who can REALLY, REALLY HELP!