The Mummy MOT

What is the Mummy MOT?

A Mummy MOT is an hour long assessment which will include a full postural screen, a pelvic floor muscle assessment if appropriate, an abdominal-wall exam to check for any tummy separation and screening for any bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction.

Why all mummies need it

Being pregnant and giving birth (whether naturally or via C-section) causes a number of changes to your body that can lead to longer term issues if left unchecked and untreated. Such as:

  • Postural changes
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Altered alignment
  • Reduced core strength
  • Bladder and bowel weakness

It is important to look after your own physical health to ensure that you can be a strong and healthy mum to your little one.

What to expect at a Mummy MOT

The assessment will be carried out by Marni Cochrane, a specialist physiotherapist, who is fully trained to carry out a Mummy MOT. To learn more about the Mummy MOT, head to

She will discuss your pregnancy, labour and any subsequent health concerns. She will then look at how you are standing and moving, check if there is a tummy separation and on the strength of the muscles in your abdomen. Finally, if appropriate, there may be an internal examination which is an effective way of assessing the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. It can also help to spot any scar tissue or prolapse at this stage.

What next?

She will discuss your findings and come up with an individualised plan, taking into consideration your lifestyle, and aim to restore your body to its pre-baby state – or even improve it!

Marni will be able to educate and advise you on safe baby-care activities by, for instance, instructing you on the correct form for lifting your baby or carrying car seats, and the right posture for feeding positions. This will help reduce your risk of sustaining post-natal injuries.

If there are issues that cannot be dealt with by Marni, She has built up a fantastic network of highly experienced and trusted professionals that she can refer you on to.


We are currently providing Mummy MOT’s at the Mike Varney Physiotherapy Puckeridge clinic.

Call to book your Mummy MOT now!

01279 414959