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Overactive Bladder Syndrome
Pelvic Floor Exercises
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Perineal Care After Vaginal Delivery or Surgery
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Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (POGP).
The POGP is a UK based Professional Network affiliated to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The POGP has produced a wide variety of information booklets on a range of conditions and topics in women and men’s health. The booklets have been written by qualified women and men’s health physiotherapists with reference to evidence and research where available and are updated regularly.
PATIENT INFORMATION AND OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE POGP INCLUDE:
Fit and safe to exercise in the childbearing year_Advice for mothers-to-be and new mothers
Fit for pregnancy
Fit for birth
Fit for the future_Essential exercises following childbirth
Fit following surgery_Advice and exercise following major gynaecological surgery
Aquanatal Guidance_Guidance on antenatal and postnatal exercises in water
Pilates in Womens Health Physiotherapy
Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain_Guidance for mothers-to-be and new mothers
Exercise and advice following the loss of your baby
Pelvic floor muscle exercises_for women
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is the professional body that oversees the medical education, training and examination of obstetricians and gynaecologists in the UK. They develop clinical guidelines making recommendations about specific aspects of conditions, investigations, procedures and treatments that relate to the medical health of women. Guidelines are based on the best available evidence . They help to ensure that women receive care which has evidence or expert opinion to support it rather than being based on ‘individual opinion’ (anecdotal). Guidelines also help to ensure that each woman has an equal opportunity to obtain the best care.
You can read more about the RCOG and their role by clicking on the link below: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/patients/patient-leaflets/about-rcog-guidelines-and-parallel-information-for-the-public/
CLINICAL GUIDELINES FROM THE RCOG
Air travel and pregnancy_Feb2015 (for the patient)
Alternatives to HRT for symptoms of menopause_Nov2011
Assisted vaginal birth (ventouse or foceps)_May2012
Birth after previous C-section_Sep2008
Breech baby at the end of pregnancy_Feb2008
Cervical smears and pregnancy_Dec2013
Chronic (longterm) pelvic pain_Jul2015
Group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in newborn babies)Jun2013
Health eating and vitamin supplements in pregnancy_Oct2014
Heavy bleeding after birth (Postpartum haemorrhage)_Jun2013
Mid-urethral sling operation for SUI
Pelvic girdle pain and pregnancy_Jun2015
Pelvic organ prolapse_Mar2013
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)_Jun2015
Reducing the risk of DVT in pregnancy and after birth_Aug2015
Third of fourth degree tear during childbirth_Jun2015
Why your weight matters during pregnancy and after birth_Nov2011
Your babys movements in pregnancy_Aug2012
Resources on perineal message:
Mater Mothers’ Hospital leaflet
How to do perineal massage with pictures
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation
The Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) is the UK wide charity for people with bladder and bowel control problems. B&BF provides information and support services, including a confidential helpline, for anyone affected by these conditions as well as their families, carers and healthcare professionals. The charity’s mission is to inspire change and create opportunities to enable people with bladder and bowel control problems to have a voice and equal choice.
If you would like online access the B&BF information sheets and booklets, or to read or download and of these, you will need to register as a supporter with the B&BF. This is free.
The Continence Foundation of Australia
The Continence Foundation of Australia offers a wide range of free information resources for individuals, carers and professionals. Many of these resources can be downloaded for free by visiting the browse ‘Resources’ section of their website.
Information for women include: Pregnancy, Prolapse, Menopause, Pelvic Floor and Sexuality.
Information for children include: Bedwetting, Day wetting, Soiling, Primary School Kit.
The pregnancy guide
Prolapse. Don’t ignore the signs
Pelvic floor first
In association with the Continence Foundation of Australia, Pelvic Floor First provides an extensive list of pelvic floor safe exercises and guidelines:
For more information on Pelvic floor safe cardio exercises
For more information on Pelvic floor safe resistance exercises:
For more information on Pelvic floor safe core exercises:
For more information on The 10 Step Guide for safe pelvic floor exercise:
For more information on Pelvic floor safe aqua exercise:
For more information on Safe exercising during pregnancy:
For more information on Safe return to sport or exercise after the birth:
Sue Croft, B.Phty is a Brisbane Physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic floor dysfunction including urinary incontinence, prolapse conditions, bowel management and pelvic pain for women, men and children. She regularly blog on topics related to pelvic health, have written many articles and published several excellent books as resources for patients and other health professionals.
It is well worth visiting her website:
The Bump Room is and Ireland based physiotherapy practice that advocate exercise during pregnancy for all women. The team consists of Physiotherapists who are all members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, and they offer guidance and support to mothers-to-be and new mothers via classes and online video blogs.
Visit their website: http://thebumproom.ie/
Follow video blogs: http://thebumproom.ie/prenatal-pilates-hello-bump/
Some of my favourites:
Pregnancy workout (60min):
Information on abdominal separation (also called diastais rectus):
Post natal exercise video: Diastasis Rectus (30min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXm5UcVXuEU
Gentle birth – Tracy Donegan
Nutrition and holistic support
From Dr Laura Ricci, PT and Womens Health Nutrition Couch