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What is a postnatal body check?

A postnatal body check is a specialised postnatal assessment recommended for all women following delivery – from 6 weeks to many years later. A trained specialist assesses the strength and function of the tummy and pelvic floor muscles to help prevent long-term childbirth related complaints such as incontinence, low back pain and ‘mummy tummy’.

What does a postnatal body check include?

  • 1 hour postnatal assessment with a specialist physiotherapist
  • In-depth check of pelvic floor strength and tummy gap
  • Assessment of any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
  • A bespoke postnatal recovery programme devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals. This includes specific and safe postnatal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength

Who needs a postnatal body check?

After having a baby, half of all women have a weakness in either their tummy or pelvic floor area, while over a third suffer from complex pelvic pain. This can create instability and weak core strength and results in altered transfer load, back pain, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel weakness.

A postnatal body check helps women avoid these distressing and often embarrassing symptoms. The assessment by a specialist physiotherapist of the tummy gap and pelvic floor enables the creation of a bespoke postnatal recovery plan devised especially for the woman, her lifestyle and fitness goals, including specific and safe postnatal exercises to regain stability and optimum function.

Postnatal body checks are performed within the Physiotherapy clinic at Didsbury Fitness and Wellbeing Gym by Tricia McCann, specialist physiotherapist in Pelvic Health. Tricia has a keen interest in Pelvic Health and is also an Advanced Level Physiotherapist at Nuffield Health. Tricia holds an MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has completed various Pelvic Health training including the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction and Clinical Pilates. Patients treated within clinic range from those presenting with pelvic organ prolapse, bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic pain.


Appointments are available Tuesday - Thursday. Please call us on 0161 249 5600 for more information.