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Clare Warwick, Womens Health Physiotherapy

Hello I'm Clare Warwick and I would like to take this opportunity to give you an idea of my role at mlh as a Women's Health Physiotherapist and how I could help you if you are pregnant.

Pregnancy for many women is a wonderful experience. However there are many who do suffer with back and pelvic pain that can have a negative effect on the woman especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

Physiotherapy can help manage the pain and when treated early resolve the problem.

It is important that if you are experiencing aches and pains in your back, hips, the front of the pelvis or lower tummy that you are assessed as soon as possible to find out the best way to treat the problem.

Treatment will include postural advice and gentle exercises to work on the core muscles that stretch as the baby grows, including the pelvic floor muscles. This will help to correct posture and reduce the strain on the joints of the back and pelvis.

These exercises will be progressed safely and improvement in the tummy muscles will help the contractions in labour and help you to get back into shape after the baby is born.

Also seek a referral if you are experiencing leakage of urine in your pregnancy, for example on coughing or laughing although this is common in pregnancy it is not normal and if left untreated can cause major issues in the future.

If you are experiencing any of these problems, then don't hesitate to come and see me.

Author: Jonathan Smith

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