Obstetric physiotherapy department

The women's health physiotherapy team care for women who have musculoskeletal problems related to their pregnancy. 

How to find us

We're based in the urodynamics and physiotherapy department on level G of the Princess Anne Hospital. From the main entrance of level E, turn left and follow the signs for urodynamics and physiotherapy.

Phone: 023 8120 8967

Inpatient service

A physiotherapist routinely visits the antenatal and postnatal wards from Monday to Friday. They provide exercises, advice and recovery to women who have had a third degree tear or are experiencing symptoms of incontinence. They can also advise women who have musculoskeletal problems related to their pregnancy.

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP)

Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is pain that originates from the joints in the pelvis. It can be felt over the lower back, hips, groin, and down the inside or back of the legs, with symptoms varying in severity. It's very common and is thought to affect one in five women in pregnancy.

As a first point of contact, we offer a group session to provide information and advice for women with PGP. You can attend this class without prior referral from a healthcare professional, and can self refer by calling the urodynamics and physiotherapy reception on 023 8120 8967.

We also offer one-to-one assessment and treatment for the following conditions:

  • antenatal pelvic girdle pain (PGP)
  • low back pain
  • diastasis recti abdominus (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • pregnancy-related carpal tunnel symptoms (pain, pins and needles or numbness in the hands)
  • rib flare
  • pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • urinary incontinence.

Accessing our services

You can access physiotherapy services while you're pregnant and up to ten days after you have your baby. You can do this by:

  • being referred by your midwife or a consultant (if you're seeing one)
  • being referred by your GP
  • referring yourself by calling the urodynamics and physiotherapy reception on 023 8120 8967. 

Patient information

Click on the links below to view patient information leaflets on conditions we treat and information that may be useful.

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Birth afterthoughts

Information for new dads