Antenatal and post-partum women's health package
Our physiotherapist Kirsty has a special interest in women’s health, and she is passionate about ensuring you get the support you need during your pregnancy and post-partum recovery. We are offering a 5-session antenatal and post-partum package that is flexible based on where you are at on your journey.
#1 Initial assessment
In this initial appointment Kirsty will go through any medical history and relevant information in regards to your pregnancy or previous pregnancies. Based on this assessment, Kirsty will then be able to provide you with information on how to take care of your pelvic floor as well as some safe exercise recommendations for the different stages of your pregnancy.
#2 Results for life
In this educational session, Kirsty will work with you to establish your short-term and long-term goals for either your pregnancy or post-partum. This will be different for everyone, but could include a plan for a safe return to physical activity or return to work. Exercises can be prescribed based on individual needs and we can also inform you of the exercise options we have here at the practice.
#3 Post-partum (week 1-2)
Now is the best time to come in and get your first post-partum check-up. You can be assessed for abdominal separation and provided with advice and exercise for treatment. This is also a good time to be fitted with SRC recovery shorts to facilitate healing and provide abdominal support.
#4 Post-partum review of Results for life (week 6)
It’s good to review your plan/goals as things change, especially with a little one now in the world! This session is an opportunity to review how you are going, progress exercises or completely change your plan if that’s what is needed. We understand routines can sometimes go out the window with a new-born, so Kirsty will work with you to adapt to what works best for you and your family.
#5 Assessment of general strength and pelvic floor function (week 12)
This is a good time to assess pelvic floor functioning, particularly if you are wanting to return to sport, lifting in the gym or running. Pregnancy is a risk factor for pelvic floor dysfunction (even if you had a c-section). Depending on each individual, this session could include an internal examination to check the strength and function of your pelvic floor. A general strength screen can be conducted to establish your baseline strength and from that Kirsty can develop an individualised program to get you back into doing what you love most.
The information above is a basic outline of the 5-session package we are providing; however this package is flexible and is tailored to each individual. If you have any questions or would like to book in with Kirsty, please call us on 6237 0045 or book via our website.
Written by Kirsty Whalan (MPhysio, BExSc, APAM)