Mummy MOT at Plymouth Hospital
What is Mummy MOT?
The Mummy MOT is a specialised post-natal 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 Mummy MOT include?
- 1-hour post-natal 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 post-natal recovery programme devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals. This includes specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength
Who needs a Mummy MOT?
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 Mummy MOT 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 post-natal recovery plan devised especially for the woman, her lifestyle and fitness goals, including specific and safe post-natal exercises to regain stability and optimum function.
It is performed at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital by Ruth Andrews, Specialist Physiotherapist in Pelvic Health. Ruth has worked at Nuffield Health in Plymouth since 2011 as a senior physiotherapist across both sites: Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital and Plymouth Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, treating both inpatients and outpatients and is responsible for the operational and clinical management of the service. She has particular interests in sport and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, hand therapy, clinical pilates, acupuncture and women’s health; which includes treating clients presenting with pelvic organ prolapse, bladder/bowel dysfunction and pelvic pain.
An initial one-hour assessment is £72. Follow up appointments are for 30 minutes at £49.
Mummy MOT assessments and appointments are available Monday to Wednesday.
Call 01752 761819 to book a Mummy MOT or find out more information today.