you deserve a detailed Mummy MOT Postnatal Assessment

After giving birth, you may or may not recieve a check from your GP. After nine months of pregnancy followed by delivery, we believe your body deserves more.

Our Mummy MOT women’s postnatal health assessment is ideal for anyone who has given birth – ever! Up to half of all mothers have weakness in their abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles and up to a third have a tummy gap (diastasis rectis) eight weeks after birth. 

This can cause issues that lead to back or pelvic pain, or bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction.

The Mommy Mot serves to ensure your body is recovering well and helps to ensure that any issues that may arise are caught and treated early.

Whether you had your baby 6 weeks or 6 years ago, whether this is your first baby or your last, the Mummy MOT is a fantastic step towards a healthy post-pregnancy you

Mummy MOT Cork

Certified Physiotherapist

Our Mummy MOT postnatal assessment is carried out by Caroline Anthon, a certified physiotherapist with specialised training in women’s health. Caroline’s Mummy MOT postnatal assessment helps to identify any underlying issues while offering practical advice on posture, pelvic health and tummy issues that can have an immediate and longterm impact. 

1-Hour Assessment

Including:

  • Full postural screen.
  • Pelvic floor muscle assessment.
  • Abdominal muscle exam to check for any separation.
  • Screening for bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction.
Mummy MOT Follow Up Care
  • Education and advice on safe activities such as lifting your baby or pushing a buggy.
  • Bespoke rehabilitation programme with your goals and lifestyle factors in mind.
  • Written report of the findings of your Mummy MOT assessment.

Mummy MOT Cork Treatment Specialties

Diastasis recti (or tummy gap)
Diastasis recti - a seperation of the tummy muscles - is a common postnatal issue. This gap can cause a "pooch" or bulge in the stomach. It can also lead to more serious complaints including back pain, core instability, constipation or bloating. Diastasis recti can be checked during the Mummy MOT and treated successfully with the right postural and exercise changes.
Incontinence
Incontinence may be common after childbirth, but it's not something you have to live with. Leaking pee or poo when you laugh, run, or sneeze can have a massive impact on your quality of life. Our Mummy MOT in Cork includes a pelvic exam that assesses your pelvic floor muscles and we offer advice and exercises to reduce any weakness that can cause leaking. You do NOT have to live with postnatal incontinence.
Painful sex
Pain during intercourse is a very common complaint among postnatal women. Whether you had a vaginal or caesarean birth, there are myriad changes that can cause pain during sex. We'll discuss these issues discreetly and compassionately and help to figure out the cause and solution.
Returning to exercise
Returning to exercise postpartum can be a daunting feat. Caroline will work with you to help you make informed and safe choices regarding returning to exercise. Whether your goal is to incorporate gentle movement or to run a marathon, the Mummy MOT helps to uncover and treat any issues to ensure you can return to fitness again.
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common questions

The Mummy MOT assessment takes around 60 minutes. 

It’s recommended that you have the assessment 6-8 weeks after baby’s birth. However, a postnatal assessment can be beneficial even years after giving birth.

Absolutely. A postnatal assessment is for anyone who has been pregnant. Many issues that arise post partum have nothing to do with the delivery and more to do with the postural changes, hormones, muscle and ligament changes and beyond that take place during pregnancy. 

The Mummy MOT is a single assessment that takes place during one 60-minute appointment. Some people have some issues that require further physiotherapy, some don’t. Either way, the single session will give you a good understanding of how your body is doing post-pregnancy. Feel free to call us to discuss in advance. 

Absolutely. Caroline’s specialised training in women’s health gives her a unique understanding of the importance of open, honest dialogue with her patients and the role discretion and confidentiality plays in this relationship. 

We recommend ringing us on 086 082 6532 to make your appointment and have a quick chat. 

The Mummy MOT is a postnatal assessment that includes an in-depth assessment of how your posture, pelvic floor muscles, and stomach muscles are recovering after pregnancy and childbirth. 

Yes. As the postnatal assessment includes an internal pelvic exam, you will be required to remove the bottom half of your clothing. You will be asked for verbal or written consent before the exam. 

With more than three decades of experience as a physiotherapist and with specialised training in women’s health, there is nothing that Caroline will view as unusual or embarrassing. She has, truly, seen it all before and your emotional and physical comfort is a priority.

If a serious issue is discovered, Caroline will work with you to find the best treatment. 

Read more about Caroline’s unique experience here

Yes. There is no time-limit on when you can have a postnatal assessment with us. If you have an issue or are suffering since childbirth, we encourage to make an appointment as soon as possible so we can help treat it. 

Our private and discreet clinic is on 19 Thomas Kent Street in Cobh. It is around the corner from the Public Health Nurse clinic on Bishop’s Street and a few metres walk from St. Colman’s cathedral car park. On-street parking can be tricky so we recommend using the car park. 

Here’s a link to our location on Google Maps.

We encourage anyone who has been pregnant to have a postnatal assessment. The assessment will look at many things that may have changed during pregnancy including posture, pelvic floor, core muscles, bowel and bladder function and beyond. This small investment of time can have a long lasting impact on your health and wellbeing.

We ask all our clients to bring two towels with them. You may also like to bring a bottle of water. Aside from that, just bring yourself.