Looking after your Pelvic floor
Regardless of how you birthed your baby, your pelvic floor is probably not in the same shape it was before pregnancy. It is common to have some pelvic floor weakness in the immediate postnatal period. There are things you can do to help improve the health of your pelvic floor.
Pelvic floor exercises
This video answers the question about why a woman has an increased risk of leaking urine (urinary incontinence) after childbirth. Find out how to prevent this from happening, how to treat the condition and where to get help.
Bathurst Hospital physiotherapy department
There are general pregnancy and post natal physiotherapy services available through the Bathurst Hospital. Women suffering third and fourth degree perineal tears during childbirth will be offered followed up through this service.
Referrals are required from a Doctor/GP/Specialist or Allied Health professional.
Waiting lists apply in times of high demand.
Physiotherapy Postnatal Drop in Clinic
FOR: women who have tummy separation postnatally. It will also address basic pelvic floor issues. This is not a clinic for women who suffered 3rd or 4th degree tears. These women should be followed up as above.
WHEN: every third Monday of the month
WHERE: Physiotherapy Department Level 2 Bathurst Base Hospital
TIME: from 11:00am to 12:30pm
Please bring a referral from your GP with you.
This is a drop in clinic only. No appointments will be made prior.
Lisa Milton- Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Referrals are not essential to see Lisa but Medicare rebates are possible if women have a GP Management Plan and Team Care Arrangement through their GP. Talk to your GP for more information about this service.
Some private health funds will cover physiotherapy costs.
See Lisa’s website for details about her services.