“Up to half of all women experience weakness in both the abdominal muscles and pelvic muscles after pregnancy. You don’t have to put up with it. I can help you to achieve a stronger post-natal body.”
Some women thrive on being pregnant, others simply survive.
For me, it wasn’t plain-sailing, a condition called pelvic girdle displacement left me in a wheelchair and unable to walk by 28 weeks, combined with constant dull pain and sleepless nights.
I felt I was unable to enjoy the growing baby within me.
I knew I needed some help to regain any mobility I could, so I looked online for a physiotherapist. That’s when I came across Rosie Taylor.
This is her story.
Hi, my name is Rosie and I’m passionate about helping and supporting pregnant and post-natal women. My aim is to make ladies feel better, stronger and more in tune with their bodies, mentally and physically.
What’s your background?
I’m a trained physiotherapist with over 10 years of working with mums and babies within the NHS, private practice and at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. I am a Specialist Musculoskeletal and Children’s Physiotherapist and a trained yoga teacher with qualifications in prenatal and postnatal Pilates and Yoga.
Why choose women’s health in particular?
Through my yoga classes, I could see pregnant women coming in with different aches and pains related to the pregnancy and I just thought, ‘I could really do something about this, I know how to help them.’
How did you turn your passion into an idea?
I had helped women for years with various physiotherapy issues and I knew I could adapt my teaching to support pregnant ladies. This grew into specific pregnancy yoga classes which I love teaching.
Rosie is exceptional at what she does. Not only is she extremely well qualified but she is incredibly down to earth and kind. I’m close to the end of my pregnancy but attending Rosie’s yoga classes have been one of the best things I could have done to stay fit and well and prepare my body and mind for labour.
When did you start your business WellFit Mumma?
I was still working as a children’s physiotherapist, but after the birth of my son, I realised that I wanted to holistically help pregnant and new mums by supporting them with my combined skills of physio and yoga, so I set up WellFit Mumma to do that.
What other classes do you run for Mums and where do they take place?
I now have mum and baby yoga classes which include elements of pilates. It’s a great environment for new mums to have some ‘me time’ while they are stretching, relaxing and learning about their new bodies post labour. I also continue to offer physiotherapy and massage, you don’t have to be a new mum for that, labour can take its toll on the body after many years. Pregnancy Yoga and Mum and Baby Yoga take place at Treat in Norwich.
You’re now keen on developing post natal check ups with the Mummy MOT – can you explain what that is?
Yes, the Mummy MOT is fantastic for post natal mums. It’s one of the most comprehensive post natal check ups in the country. The Mummy MOT was created by a physiotherapist on Harley Street in London, it’s designed to look after mummy, so mummy can look after the baby.
There are some eye watering statistics about a woman’s body after birth, can you tell us a few?
It’s true, up to half of all women experience weakness in both the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles after pregnancy and up to a third still have a gap in their tummy muscles at 8 weeks post birth. This can cause instability or poor core strength leading to women developing pelvic or back pain or bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction. Women suffer with issues including;
- Symphysis pubis dysfunction
- Painful sex
- Back pain
- Pain after abdominal surgery
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to put up with it! Come and get a Mummy MOT and we can start post natal work immediately.
How many people are Mummy MOT practitioners?
There are currently only two of us in Norfolk. I enjoy helping women to feel better about their bodies and there are many things that we shouldn’t put up with just because of labour.
What is your main aim with WellFit Mumma?
My aim is simply to provide everything for your mind and body at this most transformative time.
If you are pregnant or post-natal and you would like to get in touch with Rosie, please go to her website at www.wellfitmumma.co.uk
I was struggling with terrible symphysis pubis dysfunction and felt quite low, but Rosie’s class was a gift to me. She adapted the moves specifically for me and made me feel completely at ease even though I had never done yoga before. I was able to relax and enjoy some quality time with my unborn baby. The yogic breathing really helped in my labour as well.