Pregnancy & Women’s Health

Pregnancy can cause many other health issues for women right from conception and beyond labour. We offer advice and treatment to expectant mothers to ensure a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy and recovery in the postnatal period. We also help with exercise prescription for management of continence issues in both women and men.

Continence and bladder issues usually present symptoms such as urinary frequency and urgency, leaking of urine or pelvic pain. Although this also affects men, it is extremely common for women through pregnancy and postnatal with both vaginal and Caesarean births.

We assist with pregnancy, prenatal and postnatal support and treatment for pregnancy-related conditions such as:

  • Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain (PRPGP)
  • Pelvic floor assessment and exercise prescription
  • Abdominal separation (DRAM)
  • Pelvic floor and abdominal muscle assessment
  • Exercise prescription
  • Continence assessments and advice

We recommend the Jean Hailes Foundation and Beyond Blue as wonderful supplementary sources of information for women in pre- and postnatal periods.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

This depends on contributing factors; how long you have had incontinence for, how bad it is, and what treatments have been tried already. There is evidence that pelvic floor exercises (called ‘Kegels’ in some countries) can reduce the symptoms of incontinence in many cases but it is recommended that you first get assessed by a women’s health physiotherapist who is an expert in this field.
As with any muscle strengthening, any initial improvements seen (i.e., in the first one to two weeks) are usually due to motor control changes, through improved efficiencies in the messages from the brain to the muscles. True changes in the size and number of muscle fibres is often seen by six weeks, when most people notice some improvement in pelvic floor symptoms. It can take three to six months to see a major change and often when completing a pelvic floor strengthening program after childbirth, small improvements in strength can continue to be seen up to one to two years post-delivery.
It is recommended that pelvic floor exercises are commenced as early as possible during pregnancy, or prior to falling pregnant. A strong pelvic floor can help with the post-birth recovery process.
Yes. In most cases, abdominal separation, also referred to as diastasis recti abdominal separation (DRAM), can improve with an individualised exercise program and advice on ways to prevent the separation from worsening. This is best done through an assessment by an expert in the field such as a women’s health physiotherapist.

In Australia, a referral is not required to be able to see an allied health professional such as a physiotherapist, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing a physiotherapist. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers Compensation Claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

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