I am so passionate about women’s health, particularly during the journey of becoming and being a mum.
In my ideal world, every woman who has a baby would be reviewed by a women’s health physiotherapist following the birth of their child.
A woman’s body goes through so much during the journey from conception to the birth of their precious child, that on the outside no one would know just how much recovery a woman’s body has to go through while adjusting to her new life as a mum and caring for her new baby.
What exactly is a Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
A women’s health or pelvic floor physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who holds post-graduate qualifications in musculoskeletal issues associated with pregnancy, birth, post-natal, breastfeeding and menopause. They are trained to understand the life-stages and changes experienced by women, and the impacts these have on a woman’s body.
So, why should I see a Women’s Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist?
As an exercise specialist, there are many reasons why I refer my clients to a Women’s Health Physiotherapist.
However, the following are the 7 main reasons why any woman, particularly a new mum, should make an appointment to be reviewed by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist:
- Painful scar tissue (caesarean, episiotomy, tear)
- Have a bulge or feeling of ‘heaviness’, discomfort, pulling dragging or dropping in the vagina
- Accidently leaking urine, wind, stool when you exercise, play sport, laugh, cough or sneeze
- Urgency to pass urine or to use your bowels
- Passing urine frequently or constantly needing to go to the toilet
- Finding it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
- Suffer from pelvic pain or experience pain during or after intercourse
“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”
– Jim Rohn
Returning to exercise or sport after having a baby is one that should be gradual and with care. If you are looking for some guidance, please refer to my blog Getting Active As A New Mum.
And, if your personal trainer, coach or fitness professional does not ask you questions about your pelvic floor, test your deep abdominal strength, take time to ask about any other conditions or issues you are currently dealing with as a new mum or make modifications for the stage you are at postpartum, it may be time to find a new trainer!
At MumaBubs, we throughly screen all of our new clients, and ensure that we know as much as possible about each women’s motherhood journey, before they start sessions with us. And, we now recommend all of our new clients, and expectant mums, both current and new clients, take the time to be reviewed by a Women’s Health Physiotherapist.
You have to live with your body for the rest of your life. And, if it looks good but is not functioning well, then that affects the quality of your life both now, and when your little ones have grown up.
Take the time to care for yourself so you can live life to the full and enjoy every moment with confidence!