Incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain and painful sex are among the issues many mothers experience after giving birth, but may be too embarrassed to talk about or seek help for. Which is why the work of these women’s health physios is so important. Not only are they working to help their clients improve and prevent pelvic floor dysfunction, but they are also using their Instagram platforms to break down the taboos around these issues, educate us on ways we can help common conditions and provide hope for those who are struggling with their physical recovery after giving birth.
So whether you’re planning on starting a family, are wondering how to restore your pelvic floor after having a baby or are still putting up with leaking or discomfort years down the line, give these expert women’s health physios a follow…
There’s a reason Clare Bourne has over 30,000 followers on Instagram. Sharing her own personal experiences of motherhood and prolapse as well as insightful posts about pelvic health make her incredibly relatable to her followers. She works across London but also offers virtual consultations, and regularly does Q&As on Instagram Stories to provide extra guidance to women who may be struggling with their pelvic health, and point them in the right direction of where to seek extra help. Follow her @clarebournephysio.
Fans of former Made in Chelsea star Ashley James may recognise Marta as the physio who has been working with her following the birth of her son Alf in January. The pair joined forces for an IG Live to tackle taboo women’s health issues, and she has also been working with This Morning doctor and new mum Dr Zoe Williams to raise awareness of supporting pelvic health in pregnancy and antenatally. See more at @martakinsella.
The Mummy MOT
In the absence of proper physical checks at new mums’ six-week postnatal appointment with their GP, The Mummy MOT is probably one of the most widely known private providers of this assessment. Their Instagram feed includes everything from petitions to pelvic release classes, as well as more information on how to book your very own checkup for issues including diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction. Follow at @_the_mummy_mot.
Based in Dublin, Helen is one of the co-founders of pioneering platform Umi Health, and her Instagram feed includes informative posts for both the public and her peers, along with some candid chats with influencers including former TOWIE star Ferne McCann. See more at @helenkeeblephysio.
Pelvic health physio Emma, or @physiomumuk to her followers, is another friendly and relatable physio with a particular focus on helping mums get back to exercise after having children. Not only is her Insta feed packed with useful information, but she has also written a book – Why Did No One Tell Me? – which she says she hopes will become essential reading for pregnant and postnatal women alike.
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