Postnatal Physiotherapy Class
You have been booked into the Postnatal Physiotherapy Class at the Women’s.
Your appointment will now take place by telephone. This means you don't have to travel to the Women’s for your appointment.
You'll receive a phone call from a physiotherapist on the day of your class. If you are unsure of the date of your class, please call Physiotherapy on (03) 8345 3160.
Before your appointment
- Please watch the short video series in our Postnatal Physiotherapy Class playlist on YouTube (approx. 45 min).
This resource is important preparation for your appointment.
The topics in the series are:
- Good bladder habits after birth
- Good bowel habits after birth
- DRAM (abdominal separation)
- Pelvic floor exercises
- Perineal care after birth
- Returning to sport
- Returning to intimacy
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
On the day of your appointment
Please make sure you are in a quiet location so that you can have a private conversation with your physiotherapist.
The call will display on your phone as ‘no caller ID’ so please accept the call.
If you have any questions, or need to reschedule or cancel, please contact us on the Physiotherapy contact number.
Listed below are information sheets for you to read before your class.
Downloads and Related Topics
Emptying your bladder after birth
If you have difficulty emptying your bladder after birth or have no sensation to pass urine then you may develop urinary retention. If the bladder is not emptying properly then the urine that is left behind can build up over time, this is known as urinary retention.
- Emptying your bladder after birth
Normal bowel function
The pelvic floor is made up of a network of muscles and nerves which control both bladder and bowel function. Good bowel habits help to protect these muscles and mimimise the risk of both bladder and bowel incontinence. (see also Preventing Constipation)
- Normal bowel function
Pelvic floor exercises
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles and ligaments which support the bladder, uterus (womb) and bowel. It is important that all women exercise their pelvic floor muscles everyday throughout life, to prevent weakness or improve strength.
- Pelvic floor exercises
Physiotherapy advice - How to avoid lifting and straining
Your doctor has recommended you avoid lifting for medical reasons. This can be difficult if you have small children to look after, but it is possible. The key to managing your lifting restrictions is to plan ahead. You need to re-think all of the types of lifting you do, even those that seem normal or routine.
- Physiotherapy advice - How to avoid lifting and straining