Mummy MOT

A specialist postnatal assessment recommended for all women following delivery. The Mummy MOT includes;
• 1-hour specialist post-natal assessment with Women’s HealthPhysiotherapist Jenna Sweeney (The Powder Room Physio)
• Suitable any time from 6 weeks to 6 years postnatally!!
• Postural & functional movement analysis
• Check and diagnosis of a tummy gap (rectus diastasis)
• Assessment of the pelvic floor strength and function
• Identification of any physical problems arising from pregnancy and birth
• A bespoke post-natal recovery programme devised especially for you, your lifestyle and fitness goals. This includes specific and safe post-natal exercises to improve stability, posture and core strength and return you to exercise in a safe, appropriate and timely way.

Jenna is a Chartered Physiotherapist having completed a 3 year Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire 10 years ago. She has specialised as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist having undertaken postgraduate learning into Obstetric, Gynaecology, Urology and Pelvic Health. She has completed competencies and education to be able to perform detailed musculoskeletal, vaginal and anorectal examinations in order to assess the spine, pelvis, pelvic floor and anal sphincter muscles in order to diagnose and treat common Antenatal and Postnatal related conditions as per below.

It can identify pregnancy related conditions such as;

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
  • Diastasis Rectus Abdominis
  • Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Urinary and Faecal Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

1 in 5 ladies report PGP with pregnancy which can be a result of the increasing biomechanical demands upon the body at this time, together with the effects of hormonal changes. In most cases it can resolve quickly after childbirth, however for some it may require further treatment.

In all pregnancies ladies will develop a separation of their abdominal muscles (Diastasis Rectus Abdominis) to accommodate their growing baby. For some ladies this can resolve naturally by 8 weeks postnatally, however for some it can remain longer term putting a lady at risk of back and pelvic pain, and urinary incontinence issues.

Urinary incontinence is reported to affect 1 in 3 ladies in their lifetime, with childbirth being one of the largest predictors of this. A Women’s Health Physiotherapist is trained to assess the Pelvic Floor which if weak can have a large part to play in the development of incontinence issues.

With traumatic deliveries involving 3rd and 4th degree tears ladies can be at risk of developing urgency with their bowels and faecal incontinence. The Mummy MOT can assess the pelvic floor and sphincter muscles and provide advice to assist in prevention and management of such issues.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse can be very common, those with mild prolapse can be symptom free. Being pregnant and giving birth are the most common causes of weakening of the pelvic floor, particularly if your baby was large, with a long delivery or you had an assisted birth (forceps/ventouse).

The Mummy MOT can be an excellent opportunity to ensure you are being proactive and doing all that you can to prevent and manage the above problems and reduce the risk or impact of such conditions throughout your life.


In the 45 minute session there will be an opportunity to discuss what your concerns or symptoms are in order to then direct the objective examination of your needs.  This can then include spinal, pelvic or pelvic floor assessment, concluding with self help advice and exercises and any recommendations on further treatment.

  • £75 for the assessment
  • £45 for 30 minute follow up sessions for treatment


Jenna Sweeney