What is the Mummy MOT?
The Mummy MOT is a specialist post natal assessment recommended for all women following childbirth. Ideally you would come in for assessment at 6 weeks after delivery but if you delivered months or even years ago, the assessment will still be extremely useful for you.
What does the assessment involve?
One hour post natal assessment
A thorough assessment of all issues related to pregnancy and childbirth. You may have no symptoms at all at the moment or you may be struggling with incontinence, back pain, abdominal weakness, pain with intercourse or other symptoms related to childbirth. Either way, this assessment will identify any problem areas that require rehabilitation.
Poor posture, often associated with pregnancy and childbirth, can have a major impact on joint and muscle function. Achey backs, creaky knees and sore hips can all be due to postural issues. Treatment, exercise and stretching can improve your posture and help you to move more freely every day helping you to enjoy being a mum.
It is so important to breathe correctly and so many women following childbirth will have an altered and dysfunctional breathing pattern. As part of the Mummy MOT program, you can learn how to breathe correctly, this will help your core to be more effective, your bowels will be happier and you will be more likely to maintain that good posture you are aiming for.
Separation of the abdominal muscles known as Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is very common following pregnancy and childbirth. You may have noticed a doming of your tummy in pregnancy when getting up out of bed or you may now be experiencing a weakness of the abdominal muscles. Sometimes, DRA can prevent your abdominals from returning to normal after childbirth. With the right exercises you can get that tummy back.
Pelvic Floor Muscle Assessment
Whether you have delivered vaginally or by caesarean section, you are at risk of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. You may not have any symptoms at present but it is really important to have the peace of mind that you are doing your pelvic floor exercises correctly and completing a specific muscle training program that will help you get on track for good strong muscles in the future.
What happens after the assessment?
The assessment is designed to identify problem areas that you need to work on to restore normal function and activity. Following the assessment, Gillian will discuss the assessment findings with you, and together you can organise a plan of action. If you would like to continue the rehabilitation program with Gillian, you can book a Mummy MOT Programme which consists of 6 follow up appointments to review and progress your exercises, provide treatment and encourage you on your journey. If you would like to find out more about this program.
Who needs a Mummy MOT?
Here is an extract from Maria Elliott (founder of the Mummy MOT):
"There’s a reason I do what I do – and they are the statistics below. It enrages me that the post-natal rehabilitation of women, their bladders, pelvic floor and other abdominal organs & functions are not more prevalent in this country. We cannot let another generation of childbearing women suffer these terrible consequences when so many of the symptoms are controllable, improvable and even surmountable given the right treatment, exercises and advice."
Here are the Dirty Dozen top 12 shocking stats you need to know about life after childbirth
50% of women experience pelvic organ prolapse with symptoms of bladder and bowel dysfunction. (Hagen et al 2004)
50% of women who have had children have some degree of symptomatic or asymptomatic pelvic organ prolapse. (Hagen & Stark 2011)
In women with vaginal prolapse, 63% will experience urinary stress incontinence. (Bai et al 2002)
Urinary incontinence during pregnancy nearly doubles the likelihood of urinary incontinence at three months post baby (regardless of delivery method, so Caesarean section or vaginal). (Eason et al 2004)
Women who are incontinent before pregnancy are 5 times more likely to leak after birth than women who are continent before pregnancy. (Sampselle et al 1998)
52% of women with lower back pain during pregnancy were found to have pelvic floor dysfunction (Study by Pool-Goudzwaard et al 2005)
A study of 1004 women with pelvic organ prolapse showed that straining on the loo is associated with anterior vaginal wall and perineal descent. (Kahn MA 2005)
52% of women with a pelvic floor dysfunction (stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse) have a Diastasis Rectus Abdominis. (Spitznagle et al 2007)
66% of women with a diastasis recti abdominis have a pelvic floor support dysfunction (stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse) (Spitznagle et al 2007)
45% have urinary incontinence 7 years post natally. (Wilson et al 2002)
36% have rectus diastasis abdominis 8 weeks after delivery. (Boissonnault 1988)
Prevalence of stress or urge incontinence and intravaginal prolapse was 42% in women with one or more vaginal deliveries as opposed to 35% in women who had a C-section delivery. (Sakala 2006)
And my top three stats on why we should have post-natal rehab for every mum
Training post birth after experiencing pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy using a specific stabilisation exercise programme, results showed significant reduction in pain and 50% reduction in disability. This tells us that specific stability exercises are useful for reducing pelvic girdle pain after pregnancy. (Stuge et al 2004)
Retraining muscle after injury is essential as inhibited muscle does not automatically reactivate and retrain. (Stener & Petersen 1962)
A survey of 115 postnatal women found that after 8 weeks the gap between the rectus muscle - the inter recti distance or recti diastasis - will not change without intervention. (Coldron 2008)
How do I book my Mummy MOT assessment?
Take a look at the booking page, select the Initial Assessment and browse the available dates and times.
"I am very excited to bring the Mummy MOT to South Wales, it is going to help so many women after childbirth. Thanks to Maria Elliott and Jenny Burrell for the inspirational training I have received to enable me to register as a certified Mummy MOT practitioner!"
Gillian McCabe, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist