postpartum checkup

The Crucial Role of the 6-Week Postpartum Check-Up with a Physiotherapist.

Your baby has important doctor visits around this time, and it’s important, no matter your birth type (C-section or vaginal), to have a 6-week postpartum check-in!

The importance of a 6-week postpartum checkup

Restoring Pelvic Floor Function

Pregnancy and childbirth can have a significant impact on pelvic floor muscles. This can lead to issues such as pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse. Early assessment and treatment by a physiotherapist can effectively improve pelvic floor muscle strength and function. In turn, reduces the risk of long-term complications. The weight of a growing baby puts extra strain on the pelvic floor muscles, so it is important to regain the strength no matter your birth type.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Addressing Diastasis Recti

Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) is a common condition where the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy. Early assessment of DRA is incredibly important, as outlined in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy.  A Women’s Health physiotherapist can provide tailored exercises and guidance to promote healing and closure of this abdominal separation and restore core strength to support your body and lower back.                                                                                                                                              

Promoting Optimal Posture and Body Mechanics

The physical demands of caring for a newborn can put a strain on the body. Feeding babies and sleep positions all change in early parenthood, so it is important to discuss this with your therapist.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Emotional Well-being and Mental Health Support

The postpartum period can bring about emotional and mental health challenges for many women.  Mental health assessments and support within physiotherapy sessions can improve overall well-being and reduce postpartum depression and anxiety symptoms. Women ‘s Health Physiotherapists often collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care and referral options when needed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Exercise Guidance and Safe Return to Physical Activity

Returning to exercise after childbirth is a delicate process that requires guidance and monitoring.  Women’s Health Physiotherapists can assess your physical readiness, provide appropriate exercise recommendations, and address any concerns or limitations you may have. Going back to too much activity before you are ready could increase your chance of musculoskeletal injury. 

Check in with us!

The 6-week postpartum checkup with a Women’s Health physiotherapist offers a valuable opportunity to prioritise your health and recover from childbirth. Remember, investing in your own health is not only beneficial for you but also for the overall happiness and care you can provide to your precious little one. 

To make an appointment with our experienced women’s health physiotherapists, please call us today on (03) 9749 5110.