Knowing when to seek help is something that can take a little time to realise. and following the birth of your little one, your focus shifts to your baby, But it is so important to take care of YOU. Wether it could be a small ache here and there or a large embarrassing problem that is getting you down. Here are some key signs of when you need to see a women’s health specialised physio.

Why see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?

The reason we recommend seeing a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, instead of a general physios or a sports physio is that women’s health physios see these type of concerns all day every day! Women’s health physios assist women during and after pregnancy, as well as continence issues for both women and men later in life. These physios have further qualifications in this area, usually a Post Grad Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor. This knowledge combined with their daily practice in this area ensure that they manage your health in the most appropriate and safe way.

Shape Up Mums highly recommends seeing the physios at Fitwsie Physiotherapy in East Melbourne or Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy in Malvern.

What reasons should I see a physio for?

The following are some signs that you should look out for during your pregnancy:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pubic bone pain
  • Accidentally leak urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, sneeze or cough
  • Need to get to the toilet in a hurry or not get there in time
  • Find it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
  • Accidentally lose control of your bowel – or accidentally pass wind
  • Have a prolapse? A bulge or feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging, or dropping in the vagina?
  • Suffer from pelvic pain or experience pain during or after intercourse?

The following are some signs that you should look out for following the delivery of your baby, and during your first 12 months.

  • Accidentally leak urine when you exercise, play sport, laugh, sneeze or cough
  • Need to get to the toilet in a hurry or not get there in time
  • Constantly need to go to the toilet
  • Find it difficult to empty your bladder or bowel
  • Accidentally lose control of your bowel – or accidentally pass wind
  • Have a prolapse? A bulge or feeling of heaviness, discomfort, pulling, dragging, or dropping in the vagina?
  • Suffer from pelvic pain or experience pain during or after intercourse?

Even if you are unsure of how to do a correct pelvic floor muscle contraction, popping along to a women’s health physio for an assessment and general advice could be all you need.

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