Postnatal Check

Postnatal Check

After baby is born it is common to see your GP or Obstetrician at 2 weeks and 6 weeks. Primarily this is a check for the baby but your doctor will ask briefly about how you are feeling too. A Physiotherapy Postnatal check is all about mum!

This is common practice in many other countries and is included in their health program, to reduce the impact of pregnancy and childbirth related issues, in the future. You should see a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist who has specialized training in this area.

What are common symptoms after delivery?

  • Pain during sex.
  • Pelvic pain or lower back pain.
  • Leakage of urine or feces – cough, sneeze, run, laugh.
  • Gap in tummy muscles.
  • Constipation.
  • Urgency – needing to get to the toilet fast when you feel the sensation to go.

What happens during a postnatal check with my Physiotherapist?

During your 60 minute assessment your tummy muscles will be assessed for Diastasis Recti. We will also assess your posture and general mobility including back, hips and pelvis. If you have had a cesarean section we will check the scar and perform some massage to the scar to help reduce adhesions and scar tissue. We can show you how to do this at home. If you have had a vaginal delivery we can check the vagina for scar healing, signs of prolapse, sensation (numbness), prolapse and pelvic floor strength.

How can we help your recovery?

We can also assist you with questions regarding intercourse, ongoing pain, incontinence (leakage) and safe return to exercise.

Back pain, in the upper and lower regions, is also common in the weeks after delivery.  We can advise you on exercise classes to improve your strength and posture and prepare your body for everyday stresses and strains.

Pelvic floor exercises and/or abdominal strengthening may be prescribed, where indicated. 

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