MUMMY MOT by Specialist Practitioner and Midwife Nina Parnham
Are you – Overwhelmed – Disconnected – Depleted?
Mama Wellness’ mummy MOT is a Specialist women’s health service aimed to help educate mums about the changes which occur during and after pregnancy and to offer treatment and advice
Mums will have all undergone varying degrees of body changes during their childbearing. Genetics, diet, health before and during pregnancy, age, space between babies, type of pregnancy, labour and birth are all factors that influence the recovery of a mother. Most mums don’t realise how specialist they are after giving birth.
Recovery after birthing a baby is in-depth, prescriptive and steady. Mums need an experienced professional, that they can trust, to give them the right holistic advice and programme, to safely restore their body.
Prescribing effective core training is an important part of program design. Most women report feeling unhappy with their tummy region and are desperate to “get their abs back,” . But rather than go back to conventional ways of exercising – which can actually inhibit and even retard their recovery, the real focus is to regain their core strength, getting rid of low back pain, and developing a pelvic floor that doesn’t leak.
Core training after pregnancy must be strategic. I understand diastasis recti (separation of abdominal muscles), and the importance of coaching ladies to proper alignment, what abdominal exercises are safe, and which ones are not. Crunches, sit-ups, planks, jack knives and leg raises are ineffective core training exercises to be doing after childbirth. These exercises stop the promotion of healing for diastasis and are likely to cause more harm than good for postnatal women. The best core training exercises are ones that you may not realise are training your core. Full body exercises need a good core to carry out effectively, with stability.
As far as your abdominal separation is concerned, you don’t have to have a specific finger gap to be healed. A strong and stable core needs connective tissue that can generate tension along the midline of your abdominals. A fully closed gap is not necessary. However, if you’re measuring a 5-6 finger width gap at any point along the connective tissue, you won’t be very stable through the core.
During your assessment I will carry out a full physical examination (which may include internal pelvic exam if necessary) to understand what is the best form of recovery for you to undertake.
Before you undertake an assessment with a Mummy MOT practitioner, you will have been sent a clinical questionnaire to complete so that I may have a clearer understanding of the nature of your issue(s).
The consultation integrates several elements to ensure that I am treating you in a holistic way.
- A detailed history of your childbearing experiences including pregnancy, birth and recovery.
- Discussion on how to maintain and/or recover your core and pelvic floor safely and effectively to improve long term health.
- Advice on a range of remedial exercises and lifestyle factors aimed at speeding up recovery, preventing injury recurrence as well as improving posture, strength and abilities.
An in-depth consultation is a good place to start if you are postnatal and you have some issues that you want to address.
These could be:
- Persistent back or pelvic pain
- A weakened pelvic floor
- A gap in your tummy muscles
- A weakened pelvic floor
- Heaviness in your vagina/pelvic floor
- Pain or reduced mobility in any area of your body
- Difficulty knowing which exercise are safe to do with your current condition
- You have begun exercise but are finding that you are not getting the results you want
- I will carry out a full health and lifestyle consultation with food diary analysis and give you feedback on this to help optimise your future health and lifestyle choices.
- I will check your posture and alignment and core synergy function.
- I will assess for trigger points and tension in the body that may be restricting your posture.
- An internal pelvic examination will be offered if felt necessary to assess internal condition of the pelvic floor.
- You will be given some homework including some bespoke exercises and stretches to strengthen and release areas of your body that need attention.
- I offer a follow up email/text to see how you are progressing with your programme.
- Baby is welcome to come too!
Where is the consultation held?
Sessions are held over two locations close to Ipswich. Washbrook IP8 and Ransomes IP3.
What is the cost?
The hour consultation plus an emailed assessment report is £75 BOOK NOW
“After having my third child in the space of 4 years I knew that my body needed some tlc. I made an appointment for a Mummy MOT with Nina. I was apprehensive and nervous about what I was going to find out about my body. I needn’t have worried though. Nina put me at ease straight away and she explained everything in a way that made sense. I went in thinking that my body was ‘broken’ but Nina helped me realise that there is so much I can do to get my body back to a way that I am comfortable with and deserve to have. We discussed diet, posture, exercises and day to day life. I can’t wait to put into practice what Nina has taught me and start seeing the improvements. I’ll be going back to see Nina in 6 weeks time to talk next steps. Can highly recommend. Thank you Nina.” Nicola
“Preparing for birth is important but what about the days, weeks, months, years after that…. that’s what Mama Wellness is here for! I have so far found tailored support & wisdom at my mummy MOT & in the Tone classes for such a key time in life. Thank you Nina, you have helped me so much already & I cannot recommend Mama Wellness enough!” Sarah