Maternity Physio

Post Natal Exercises- The Early Days

Pelvic Floor Strengthening In any position but you may like to lie on your back with knees bent at first. Practice trying to isolate this muscle. Inhale, exhale as you gently zip up and lift your pelvic floor (from back to front) and relax on the inhale. Repeat for 12 reps. Rest 1-2 mins, then try another set or until fatigue.  It important to allow the pelvic floor to fully relax in between contractions and at…

Perineal Massage- do I really want to go there??

The perineum is the section between your vagina and anus. Perineal massage is a way of manually stretching the tissues around the vagina in the last few weeks of pregnancy in preparation for giving birth vaginally. It is usually carried out from week 36 onwards , not recommended if there is a history of premature birth, premature rupture of membranes or a  vaginal infection . What does research say about perineal massage? Studies have found…

How to massage your C-section scar

The C-section Scar. This is an area you need to re-introduce yourself to. It may still feel like a foreign land but the sooner you get your fingers on there, the sooner it will feel re-connected with the rest of you. Check out this brilliant video which explains how to go about loving your battle wound. go on,  break out the olive oil…

4 Reasons to have a Mummy MOT

4 Reasons to have a Mummy MOT

1. Because you`re not sure if your body has recovered properly from birth Your body has been through some immense changes in a short space of time, when it comes to pregnancy and delivery. So you may feel like you want to get checked out before you venture onwards.  You may be aware that French women have 10 sessions of pelvic floor rehab after giving birth, as standard! The usual UK 6 week check can often leave…

Pain when turning in bed?

Do you dread having to turn over in bed? Does it feel more like a heave than a smooth transition? Many sufferers with Pelvic Girdle Pain feel like turning in bed, really aggravates their pain. A lovely patient told me about the “snoozle”, a slide sheet that takes the friction out of turning in bed and she felt it was one of the best buys she has made for her pelvic girdle pain. So here,…

Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy-what you can do

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), or sometimes called SPD or sacroiliac pain, is a very common condition during pregnancy. The symptoms can include pain in the groin, pubic bone, bum or lower back. It is usually worse on one side and felt when walking, dressing and turning in bed. It can become REALLY painful and restrict your mobility. The cause is varied, there are several changes to posture as pregnancy progresses, there is also the extra weight for pelvis…