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Women’s Health Physiotherapy


Pelvic health during pregnancy


Bladder weakness during pregnancy is more common than most people realise and statistics show that one in three suffer with incontinence at some time.  Too many people suffer in silence due to embarrassment, yet the right advice and physiotherapy treatment can often resolve the problem.  Many women think it normal to cross their legs when they sneeze or cough after their pregnancy, however incontinence should never continue after delivery.


After delivering a baby many women can feel uncomfortable, especially when returning to intimacy with their partners.  The right advice and physiotherapy treatment can often improve symptoms and allow you to get back to normal with confidence.


How would you answer the following questions:


  • do you ever leak when you laugh, cough, sneeze, jump or run?
  • do you have to wear pads to avoid accidents when you are out?
  • do you always need to find the toilets when visiting somewhere new?
  • do you feel uncomfortable 'down below' or does it feel like things aren’t quite in the right position?
  • do you have any discomfort with intimacy?


If you answered 'yes' to any of the above you now have the chance to take control and book an appointment with our specialist women’s health physiotherapist.  It is important to realise that you do not have to accept this way of life as these problems can be treated.  In time you can gain confidence again in doing normal things without worrying about embarrassing symptoms or discomfort.


You can self-refer and book an appointment directly, or alternatively, speak to your GP and ask to be referred to our specialist.  We use a variety of treatments including specific pelvic floor exercises alongside education on lifestyle changes, such as relaxation or altering diet and drinking habits.  All treatment is safe during and after pregnancy.  More specialist techniques and approaches may be used depending on the outcome of your detailed assessment.


Our women’s health team work very closely with urological and gynaecological consultants based at St Joseph’s Hospital.  Recent guidelines state the importance of specific physiotherapy-based interventions prior to the consideration of any surgery for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse after pregnancy.  A holistic multi-disciplinary team approach to incontinence surgery is effective and can provide measurable improvements in outcomes for patients.


Please contact our dedicated team on 01633 820321 or email if you have any questions or wish to book an appointment.


Pilates at St Joseph’s


Pilates is promoted by physiotherapists, midwives and GPs as a safe form of antenatal exercise during pregnancy.  At St Joseph’s we run dedicated classes to maintain your strength and posture during pregnancy and then to recondition once you have given birth.

Pilates classes available:


Antenatal Pilates

For women from 12 – 38 weeks pregnant

Monday 6:30pm – 7:30

Recovery Pilates

For women more than 6 weeks postnatal, or 12 weeks after C-section

Tuesday 9:30am – 10:30

Mummy & Me Pilates

For women and their babies, more than 6 weeks postnatal or 12 weeks after a C-section. Babies of all ages are welcome until they start moving – no walkers!

Wednesday 11:15am – 12:15



Classes are £45 for 6 sessions.  For further information or to make an appointment, please call 01633 820321 or email 

Pilates is more than an exercise regime - it teaches a new way of using your body, increasing postural awareness in the way in which you perform your daily activities.  Strong, deep postural muscles are important for us to be able to achieve good posture and sufficient power, strength and balance for the whole body.  Pilates teaches you to co-ordinate the muscles of the arms and the legs with the body's central core.  The mind is trained to become more aware of body position while your deep postural and stability muscles are working.  This teaches you how correct movement feels and, with practice, you will adopt this as normal movement and gain better coordinated movement.


Muscle imbalances are a common source of pain, especially in pregnancy.  These imbalances are caused by overusing certain muscles whilst others are neglected and become weak.  Throughout your pregnancy your body shape will be changing and your centre of gravity will move.  This often causes poor posture as the curve of the spine is increased, placing excess stress on the muscles of the back.  Pilates will strengthen your back allowing you to maintain correct posture despite your growing bump.  Pilates will help you to understand where these muscle imbalances are developing and how you can manage them over the course of your pregnancy.  Our specialist physiotherapist, Jilly Bond, offers dedicated Pilates classes for new mums and mums-to-be during their pregnancy, suitable for any level.

Following the birth of your baby, Pilates will allow you to begin restoring your abdominal strength, muscle length and pre-pregnancy body shape.  If you have had a normal delivery then it is typically safe to return to Pilates within 4-6 weeks, or 8-12 after a C-section.


We also provide one-on-one sessions, designed to cater for individual needs. 



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