Postpartum Journey

A six week check for everyone

A six week pelvic floor and abdominal assessment is highly recommended post the delivery of your baby, regardless of the mode of delivery (vaginal or c-section). If you have concerns, you are welcome to come to physiotherapy as soon as you need (you do not need to wait six weeks). Our physiotherapists are highly trained in providing early postpartum education and treatment.

What concerns may you experience postpartum?

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Abdominal separation
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Constipation
  • Faecal (stool) incontinence
  • Flatus (wind) incontinence

What factors during labour and birth influence pelvic floor dysfunction?

  • Prolonged second stage
  • Baby weight greater than 4kg
  • Forceps delivery
  • Perineal trauma
  • Age of birthing parent (35 years or older for first baby)

What to expect at a six week check up at Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy?

Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history of your birth experience and any concerns that you may be experiencing. We will establish any goals that you may have in respect to function and exercise. A holistic assessment will be provided reviewing your posture, abdominal integrity and global muscle strength. An internal vaginal examination may be performed (with your consent only) to take a detailed assessment of your pelvic floor. A treatment plan will be provided, including steps to reach your goals. Treatment will involve education, advice regarding return to exercise, advice regarding support wear if appropriate, bladder and bowel management and exercise prescription. You will be provided with a home exercise program supported by evidence.

At Sydney Women’s Physiotherapy, we also offer small group classes specifically designed for the postpartum period. These classes are run by our physiotherapists and can be tailored to your individual needs.

The Physiotherapists Treating Women’s Health