Mummy MOT

What is the Mummy MOT?

The Mummy MOT is a revolutionary post-natal assessment, recently launched with the aim of preventing the development of long-term childbirth-related issues. During pregnancy, labour and birth, a woman’s body undergoes significant changes and in many cases, trauma. A woman may experience alterations to her posture, her pelvic floor function and muscle length and strength, which may ultimately lead to problems such as Pelvic Girdle Pain, Rectus Diastsis Abdominis [tummy separation] and varying degrees of incontinence.

In the United Kingdom, routine post-natal care and advice is unfortunately limited if at all available and some women often return to exercise and function after birth, without being aware of, or understanding the issues they may be experiencing, often making them worse as a result.

The Mummy MOT has been created to help post-natal women in their recovery journey, firstly helping them to recognise and understand any current or potential post-natal issues they may have and then assisting them in rehabilitating safely and appropriately, thus preventing the likelihood of long-term problems developing. It is undertaken by a Specialist Post-natal Physiotherapist and may be carried out from 6 weeks, 6 years or more after birth. It is never too late to address post-natal complaints or problems.

What does the Mummy MOT involve?

Alexandra Chapman is an experienced, Chartered Physiotherapy practitioner with over 13 years clinical experience, is also a certified APPI Pilates instructor and has undergone specialised, post-natal training. As a mum herself, she understands the pressures new mums face with regards to returning to normality and function and the sensitivities that this, and the problems that come with this, brings.

The Mummy MOT will involve the following;

  • An online/ emailed pre-screening assessment form
  • An in-depth 1hour post-natal assessment with a Specialist Post-natal Physiotherapist
  • Detailed examination of tummy gap
  • Detailed examination of pelvic floor strength [this may or may not require internal examination which will always require informed consent from the client]
  • Assessment of any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
  • A bespoke post-natal recovery programme devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals. This will include specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength.

Who can have a Mummy MOT?

At Enliven Health we feel that ALL post-natal women should have a Mummy MOT and post-natal rehabilitation. If more post-natal problems were identified and dealt with, this would significantly reduce the development of long-term problems and the currently quite shocking statistics;

  • 52% of women with lower back pain during pregnancy were found to have pelvic floor dysfunction
  • 45% of women have urinary incontinence 7 years post-natally
  • 36% of women have Diastasis Abdominus 8 weeks after delivery. This will not improve unless it is specifically rehabilitated after this time

It is important that women do not feel embarrassed to discuss any post-natal problems they may be experience, or worse, feel as though these symptoms are normal or are to be expected. The Mummy MOT helps women to avoid these distressing and often embarrassing symptoms. SO MANY symptoms are controllable and improvable and can even be resolved with the right treatment and advice.

What happens after the Mummy MOT?

Once you have had the Mummy MOT, you will be given a report of the assessment findings. You may choose to share this report with your other health practitioners including your GP. A treatment plan will be discussed with you depending on the report. You may require some ‘hands on’ treatment or exercise progression and this will be explained to you on the day of your assessment. Treatment options will be made available to you and then you may make the informed choice of which treatment pathway to take.

If you would like any further information regarding the Mummy MOT please contact us at info@enlivenhealth.co.uk.