What is a Mummy MOT?
What is a Mummy MOT?
A Mummy MOT is a physiotherapist postnatal assessment of how your body is functioning and adapting to the changes and different stresses placed on it by pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood.
Before the Assessment I will ask you to complete a basic screening to let me know if you have any other medical history , what medication you are on how many pregnancies you have had and the method of delivery and your main concerns that have led you to seek help.
Some women have a Mummy MOT because they have concerns about continence, tummy muscle separation ( diastasis recti) prolapse or pelvic pain, others because they want guided return to exercise and fitness and some women believe that after the challenge their body has been through , then a thorough check up should be a routine part of the restorative process.
A Mummy MOT lasts about an hour, Initially I take a comprehensive birth history, and then although there are standard parts of the assessment we can focus on your main concerns. Included in the check is postural and functional movement assessment, diastasis check and pelvic floor examination.
I will then feed the findings back to you both verbally and in written form and give you advice and exercises tailored to those findings.
Do I Need one?
If you have had a baby whether that was a vaginal or c-section delivery your body has spent the best part of a year adapting and changing. I believe every woman would benefit from a Mummy Mot after having a baby whether that was just 6 weeks ago or even several years.
How will it help?
If you know where you are today, you can prepare for change and begin to move on.
When Can I have one?
Any time from 6 weeks is appropriate, your body needs some time to heal.
Have I left it too late to have a Mummy MOT?
No, it is never too late, once postnatal, always postnatal I have seen women years after their last baby was born and we have still been able to make positive changes.
Where are they carried out?
I carry out Mummy MOTs at my therapy rooms at 5 Hartswood Close Brentwood, for a surcharge there is also the option to have a home visit, depending on distance.
Do I have to get undressed?
Yes, in order to fully assess your posture and movement you will need to undress to underwear/shorts and bra. For the internal vaginal examination, you will be asked to fully undress your lower half.