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Physio for pregnancy

Ante-natal and post-natal physiotherapy

Helping treat the different types of discomfort and dysfunction you may experience during or after pregnancy

About physiotherapy and pregnancy

During and after pregnancy you may experience aches and pains, the function of your pelvic floor muscles, bladder or bowels might change, and sex could feel different. If you've had a c-section, it can also take some time for your body to recover.

The Women’s Health Physiotherapy team at The Portland Hospital offer highly-specialised assessment and treatment for a variety of conditions, to help you through your pregnancy and following delivery. Every woman experiences pregnancy differently, therefore we recommend a 1:1 individual physiotherapy assessment to ensure you get the correct advice tailored specifically for you.

If you have your baby at The Portland Hospital, one of our women's health physiotherapists will visit you after you've given birth. You'll see your physiotherapist again when your baby is around six weeks old, and you also have the option of a one-to-one Pilates class.

For outpatients, we run antenatal and postnatal physio programmes. We offer a 'Mummy MOT' around six weeks after you've given birth to help you strengthen your core and pelvic floor, reduce pain and guide you back to functioning as you were before pregnancy. These classes are run as private sessions or in groups of up to three.

Pregnancy problems or conditions a physio can help with

Musculoskeletal conditions

Any pain developing in pregnancy or following delivery:

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain - Symphysis Pubis (pubic bone) Dysfunction / Sacro-Iliac Joint and lumbar spine dysfunction (may present as unresolved pain from previous episodes in the past)
  • Wrist or hand pain - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Thoracic spine or rib pain
  • Hip and/or lower limb pain

Bladder, bowel and pelvic conditions

Lots of women experience these types of issues in pregnancy or following delivery and it can be a very ‘normal’ part of being pregnant, but physiotherapy can still help to improve the situation.

  • Urinary leakage on activities such as coughing, sneezing or lifting
  • Difficulty controlling wind, bowel urgency, bowel control issues
  • A heavy and / or uncomfortable feeling in the perineal or vaginal area
  • Perineal discomfort following delivery or stitches, pain with sex
  • Abdominal discomfort following Caesarean Section, or from gapping in the tummy muscles
  • Advice and information about scar massage

During a 1:1 session we can also offer advice regarding activity and exercise in pregnancy if you have questions about how much exercise to do, or what type of activity you want to carry on with during your pregnancy.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exception care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

Request an appointment

For more information about our services or appointments, please contact The Portland Hospital Therapies Department and choose option 1 to book an appointment, or option 2 for general enquiries.

0207 390 6553
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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