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Pregnancy Pelvic Health In Bristol & Bath

Pregnancy Pelvic Health
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Helping women with pelvic health issues during and after pregnancy.

While pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time, your body will undergo a huge amount of change. This change can create pregnancy related aches and pains as well as bladder, bowel and pelvic floor dysfunction. Physiotherapy can help to prevent and alleviate symptoms and help you recover after your baby is born. Pregnancy related conditions we treat are:

Diagnosis & Treatment Plan

What to expect from your first appointment

You can expect the following during your first appointment.

Discussion

Discussion forms an important part of your initial consultation so we can fully understand your issues and the history behind them. We will also ask you some questions about your current or previous pregnancies and general health. We will also find out a bit more about your lifestyle including exercise or activities you usually do.

Physical Assessment

Depending on your symptoms, we may assess your posture and the mobility in your hips, sacroiliac joints and lower back as well as testing your nerves and muscles. For many pelvic health issues, a vaginal examination may be suggested. This is always your choice and examination will be discussed with you on the day. In general, we would never examine pregnant women before 12 weeks of pregnancy or if you had any pregnancy-related complications. Similarly, we do not conduct vaginal examinations sooner than 6 weeks after childbirth.

Treatment planning

At the end of the session, we will discuss the findings of the assessment as well as the treatment options that would be helpful or appropriate for you as well as answering any questions you may have. You may also be given some exercises or other things to work on at home. Read more about treatment options below.

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Treatment options

There are a wide range of treatment options available and the following are some of the ways we can help treat your pelvic issues:

What is a pregnancy MOT?

This is a check carried out from 12 weeks of pregnancy but is generally suited to the 3rd trimester. We would usually conduct a vaginal examination (with your consent) to assess your pelvic floor muscle function so that we can provide you with tailored advice on strengthening, if necessary.

We can also teach perineal massage, and talk about birth options and things that you can do that may reduce the risk of perineal tearing. We will also discuss early postnatal recovery so that you can be confident you are supporting your recovery.

What is a mummy MOT?

This is a postnatal check carried out from 6 weeks after you have given birth. This would usually include a postural assessment, pelvic floor check and assessment of your tummy gap (diastasis). Any specific issues you are having, such as bladder incontinence will also be addressed.

After your assessment, you will be given feedback and tailored exercises to help you return to the activities you enjoy. This can also include support with return to high impact exercise, such as running, and weightlifting.