Specialist Postnatal Chartered Physiotherapist and Mummy MOT® founder, Maria Elliott has just launched a new Tuesday clinic in Chiswick, in addition to her Harley Street practice.
Maria says: “There’s a reason I do what I do – and they are the statistics that half of all mothers suffer from a weak pelvic floor after giving birth and over one third of women are affected by ongoing pelvic pain or a tummy gap. 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.”
So what is a Mummy MOT®?
A Mummy MOT® is a specialist postnatal check for mums following delivery (vaginally or by C-section). In France, where Maria has previously worked earlier, a postnatal check ups were and still are a standard part of every new mother’s post-natal rehab. Each new mother is offered from 10-20 sessions of pelvic rehab.
The MOT assesses how women’s internal organs, pelvic floor and stomach muscles are recovering and getting back to where they should be after birth. And if they’re not, then we provide exercises and treatment to help that recovery.
It’s recommended that mums have an initial check-up after 6 weeks, but it’s possible to treat women who’ve had babies years ago who didn’t realise that they have a tummy gap preventing them from regaining their core strength.
Who needs it?
All women who’ve given birth! If you consider the changes a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy and birth, it’s absolutely vital things aren’t just left alone. Hoping everything will somehow miraculously get back to normal is madly optimistic. It’s so important to get this message out “nearly half of all women’s bodies do not recover without intervention”.
In the UK, we have become so focussed on the well-being of the baby – and of course that is paramount – but we also need to focus on the mum and her recovery. The lack of care that women in the UK routinely experience is outrageous. Unless you have a stage 3 or 4 tear (the most serious) you probably get one check up with a GP and a couple of health visitor drop ins – if you’re lucky. And then they are mostly focussed on postnatal depression, rather than your physical wellbeing and recovery.
What’s the issue?
Women cannot assess what is and what’s not normal in their bodies after giving birth. Mums don’t realise that they have a problem.
So what’s normal and what’s not after giving birth?
- It’s not normal to leak when you cough or run.
- It’s not normal to have pain during sex.
- It’s not normal to have ongoing pelvic pain or debilitating constipation.
- It’s not normal to have a gap in your tummy where your muscles remain very weak and don’t support your core or organs.
So many women suffer in silence and assume it is the new state of motherhood because no one talks about it.
So many women just think it’s normal to leak a bit and pad up, or even resign themselves to not run or dance again and avoid exercising.
Why shouldn’t women be able to do a star jump, have an active life and do exercise without worrying. Even the mums who know they should be doing their pelvic floor exercises are often unsure how to do them properly.
Why is this important?
Firstly, leaking is horrid and embarrassing for women. Pelvic pain is debilitating and issues with sex end up affecting a woman’s relationship and marriage.
It’s so important that women take care of themselves after the birth of their children and it’s just not happening. The current stats are horrifying. Nearly half of all women still ‘leak a bit’ seven years after giving birth. A third of all mums have some kind of related pelvic pain.
How successful is it?
The most amazing thing is that almost all of these debilitating conditions can be improved, alleviated and often remedied entirely by establishing the needs of each woman, through exercise and manual manipulation. In most cases, no drugs or surgery are required, it’s just knowledge, getting the right treatment and doing the right exercises.
Maria Elliott, is the founder of Simply Pelvic Health, a leading Pelvic Health Specialist and founder of The Mummy MOT®. Having been a specialist in women’s postnatal health for nearly 30 years, she developed The Mummy MOT® to help women recover their bodies soon after giving birth and avoid further consequences in later years.
Bookings for The Mummy MOT® can be made by calling 07958169410 or on the website here
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