During pregnancy, aches and pains are normal. However sometimes symptoms can become more severe and cause significant pain that impacts on your enjoyment of your pregnancy. Physiotherapy can help to manage and reduce these symptoms and ensure that you recover well following the birth of your baby with no long standing problems. Following pregnancy you may have some ongoing problems with pelvic girdle or back pain, over stretched abdominal muscles or problems with your bladder continence. These are all things that Physiotherapy can help with.
What is a 'New Mum MOT'?
Our experienced physiotherapist can perform a comprehensive post natal check to help you to recover more quickly and guide you to returning to your normal activities. The 'New Mum MOT' can be for both normal, assisted and C-Section deliveries. Several aspects of your physical wellbeing will be checked over and you will then be given a tailor made treatment program with as much ongoing support as you need.
What is Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)?
The pelvic girdle is a ring of bones around your body at the base of your spine. PGP is pain in the front and/or the back of your pelvis that can also affect other areas such as the hips or thighs. It can affect the sacroiliac joints at the back and/or the symphysis pubis joint at the front. PGP is common, affecting 1 in 5 pregnant women, and can affect your mobility and quality of life. Pain when you are walking, climbing stairs and turning over in bed are common symptoms of PGP. However, early diagnosis and treatment can relieve your pain. PGP used to be known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
What causes PGP?
The three joints in the pelvis work together and normally move slightly. PGP is usually caused by the joints moving unevenly, which can lead to the pelvic girdle becoming less stable and therefore painful. As your baby grows in the womb, the extra weight and the change in the way you sit or stand will put more strain on your pelvis. You are more likely to have PGP if you have had a back problem or have injured your pelvis in the past or have hypermobility syndrome (a condition in which your joints stretch more than normal).
Is it safe to have physiotherapy whist I’m pregnant?
Physiotherapy treatment is safe at any stage of pregnancy or following birth. An experienced physiotherapist will discuss the most appropriate treatment options for you following a full and detailed assessment of your symptoms.
What will happen when I come to see the Physiotherapist?
Your first appointment will last an hour. Your physiotherapist will begin by talking through your symptoms and your medical history. This is an important part of the assessment to help build a clear picture of your problem. She will then perform a physical examination which may involve looking at your posture, the way your hips and back move and your muscle tone. They will then explain the causes of your symptoms and discuss the treatment options with you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and be given further explanations of anything you are unsure about.
Will I be given a support belt?
Pelvic supports can be helpful in some cases of PGP. Following a detailed assessment, your physiotherapist will be able to advise if this is the most appropriate treatment option for you and provide one if needed.
I have had my baby and I am still in pain. What should I do?
It is not uncommon for women to struggle with the symptoms of PGP following delivery. Physiotherapy can be helpful to improve your pain and get you back to enjoying this time with your new baby. You can book in for our 'New Mum MOT' to have ongoing aches and pains address and to ensure your recovery is speedy.
I’ve been told that my abdominal muscles have 'split'. What does this mean?
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch and spread apart to allow your baby to grow. Following delivery it is sometimes found that your muscles have over stretched or 'split'. It is important to correct this in order to prevent back problems, abdominal weakness or hernia. Within our 'New Mum MOT', our physiotherapist can help to show you exercises to correct this and prevent future problems.