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Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has taken the decision to cancel all face to face classes within Obstetrics or Maternity, at the present time.

As an alternative, we have published the content from these classes on our website with leaflets and videos for patients to access.

Online classes are available in some of our sites. Check your local Hospital below for more information.

Princess Royal Maternity Hospital

Enhanced Recovery after Obstetric Surgery in Scotland (EROSS) class

This class is available for women who are planning to have a caesarean section – Caesarean Section Preparation Class. This class is available at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital every Thursday morning at 11.00am on Microsoft Teams.

Class invitations will be sent to individuals once their caesarean section date has been booked.

Pelvic Girdle Pain class (PGP class)

This class is available for women who are struggling with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during their pregnancy. This class runs at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital every Wednesday afternoon at 13.00pm on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join the class, please contact our obstetrics department.

Information about how to manage PGP is available here.

If you would like to speak with the team directly, please contact our obstetrics physiotherapy department.

Inverclyde Royal Hospital

Pelvic Girdle Pain class (PGP class)

This class is available for women who are struggling with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during their pregnancy. This class runs at the Inverclyde Royal Hospital every Thursday morning at 11.00am on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join the class, please contact our obstetrics department.

Information about how to manage PGP is available here.

If you would like to speak with the team directly, please contact our obstetrics physiotherapy department.

Queen Elizabeth University Maternity Hospital

Pelvic Girdle Pain class (PGP class)

This class is available for women who are struggling with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during their pregnancy. This class runs at the Queen Elizabeth University Maternity Hospital every Monday morning at 11.00am and Thursday afternoon at 13.15pm on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join the class, please contact our obstetrics department.

Information about how to manage PGP is available here.

If you would like to speak with the team directly, please contact our obstetrics physiotherapy department.

Royal Alexandra Hospital

Enhanced Recovery after Obstetric Surgery in Scotland (EROSS) class

This class is available for women who are planning to have a caesarean section – Caesarean Section Preparation Class. This class is available at the Royal Alexandra Hospital every Friday afternoon at 2.00pm on Microsoft Teams.

Class invitations will be sent to individuals once their caesarean section date has been booked.

Pelvic Girdle Pain class (PGP class)

This class is available for women who are struggling with Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) during their pregnancy. This class runs at the Royal Alexandra Hospital on Monday afternoon at 1.00pm on Microsoft Teams. If you would like to join the class, please contact our obstetrics department.

Information about how to manage PGP is available here.

If you would like to speak with the team directly, please contact our obstetrics physiotherapy department.

Vale of Leven Hospital

Unfortunately there is no classes available on this site.

If you would like to speak with the team directly, please contact our obstetrics physiotherapy department.

You can use the following menu to navigate through all our available booklets and videos.

NHSGGC Resources: Booklets
NHSGGC Resources: Booklets’ translations

Arabic

تمارين تقوية البيرينيوم والبطن للنساء

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

 معلومات حول إصابات العضلة العاصرة الشرجية التوليدية (OASIS)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

ممارسة ما بعد الولادة والمشورة

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

العناية بجسمك أثناء الحمل

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Farsi

Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women

Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS)

Post-Natal Exercise and Advice

Care of your body during Pregnancy

French

Exercises de renforcement du périnée et des abdominaux pour les femmes

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

Informations sur les lésions obstétricales du sphincter anal (LOSA)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

Premiers conseils après une césarienne

(Early advice after a Caesarean Section)

Exercices et conseils postnatals

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

Prendre soin de son corps pendant la grossesse

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Hindi

महिलाओं के लिए परिणीति और पेट को मजबूत बनाने के व्यायाम

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

प्रसूति गुदा स्फिंकर चोटों के बारे में जानकारी (ओएसिस)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

प्रसव के बाद व्यायाम और सलाह

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

गर्भावस्था के दौरान आपके शरीर की देखभाल

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Kurdish Sorani

ڕاهێنانی بەهێزکردنی پێرنیۆم و دووگیانی بۆ ژنان

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

Mandarin/Simplified Chinese

女性腹腔和腹部强化练习

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

的信息 有关产科肛门括约肌损伤(OASIS)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

剖腹产后的早期建议

(Early advice after a Caesarean Section)

产后锻炼和建议

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

怀孕期间照顾您的身体

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Polish

Krocze i ćwiczenia wzmacniające brzucha dla kobiet

(Pelvic Floor and Abdominal Exercises for women)

 Informacje na temat Urazu poporodowego zwieraczy odbytu

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

Wczesne porady po cesarskim cięciu

(Early advice after a Caesarean Section)

Ćwiczenia i porady dla kobiet po porodzie

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

Dbaj o swoje ciało w czasie ciąży

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Punjabi

ਪ੍ਰਸੂਤੀ ਗੁਦਾ ਸਫਿਨਟਰ ਸੱਟਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਾਣਕਾਰੀ (ਓਏਏਸਿਸ)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

ਜਨਮ ਤੋਂ ਬਾਅਦ ਕਸਰਤ ਅਤੇ ਸਲਾਹ

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

ਗਰਭਅਵਸਥਾ ਦੌਰਾਨ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਸਰੀਰ ਦੀ ਸੰਭਾਲ

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Romanian

Sfaturi timpurii pentru Operatia de cezariană

(Early advice after a Caesarean Section)

Informații despre Traumatisme obstetricale ale sfincterului anal (OASIS)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

Sfaturi și exerciții postnatale

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

Îngrijirea corpului în timpul sarcinii

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

Spanish

Recomendaciones tras una cesarea

(Early Advice after a Caesarean Section)

Información y recomendaciones sobre ejercision posparto

(Post-Natal Exercise And Advice)

Ukranian

Післяпологові вправи та поради

(Post-Natal Exercise And Advice)

Urdu

زچگی کے گدا سفنکٹر چوٹوں کے بارے میں معلومات (او آئی ایس ای ایس)

(Information about Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries (OASIS))

پیدائش کے بعد ورزش اور مشورے

(Post-Natal Exercise and Advice)

حمل کے دوران اپنے جسم کی دیکھ بھال

(Care of your body during Pregnancy)

پیڑو کے اعضاء کے پرولیپس کے بارے میں فزیوتھراپی کی معلومات

(Physiotherapy information about Pelvic Organ Prolapse)

NHSGGC Resources: Videos

Follow the exercises below to help reduce or prevent aches and pains during pregnancy.

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises/Kegels Exercises

Please use the Pelvic Floor, Deep Abdominal and Pelvic Tilting Video and the following patient information leaflet for advice regarding pelvic floor muscles.

For further advice on pelvic floor exercises please refer to:

NHS Highland Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Information Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v731EXFR2k4

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Information Leaflet: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/publications/pelvic-floor-muscle-exercises-women

SqueezyApp for Information Leaflets and Videos on Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises: https://www.squeezyapp.com

Please click on on the following link for further advice on Bladder, Bowel and Pelvic Floor Concerns 

Deep Abdominals and Pelvic Tilt Exercises

Please use the Pelvic Floor, Deep Abdominal and Pelvic Floor Video and the following patient information leaflet for deep abdominal exercises and pelvic tilting exercises (Pages five and six).

Exercises for Pregnancy and for the Post Natal Period

During pregnancy, there are more exercises that you could practice safely. These exercises can be found here. However, always refer to your Obstetrics Physiotherapist for advice and guidance for an individualized programme.

Use the sections below to find more information about pregnancy care, labour and birth and post natal care.

For more advice or information, please check the obstetrics physiotherapy page for contact details on how to contact the department.

Pregnancy Care

Use the links below for information on how to care for your body during pregnancy:

Care of your body in Pregnancy – Managing Aches and Pains Video

Circulation Changes in Pregnancy Video

Pelvic Floor, Deep Abdominal and Pelvic Tilting Exercise Video

Relaxation for Labour Video

Care of your body in Pregnancy – Advice and Exercise Leaflet 

External Resources

Fit for Pregnancy Information Leaflet: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/publications/fit-pregnancy

NHS Highland Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Information Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v731EXFR2k4

Working from Home – Advice and Exercises: https://www.csp.org.uk/publications/do-you-sit-desk-all-day-leaflets 

Reproduced with permission of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (pogp.csp.org.uk) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (csp.org.uk). 

Labour and Birth

Use the links below for information on labour and birth:

Positions for Labour and Breathing Video

Positions and Breathing for Labour Leaflet

Relaxation for Labour Video

Relaxation Leaflet

Elective Caesarean Birth – Patient Journey Video

Physiotherapy Advice for After your Caesarean Delivery Video

External Resources 

Information about pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenthood – Ready Steady Baby!

Information about pain relief options – Labour Pains UK

Relaxation for Labour Demo Video – BabyCentre UK

Breathing for Labour Video – BabyCentre UK

Positions for Labour Video – BabyCentre UK

Massage of Labour Video – New Life Classes Ltd

Relaxation Information Leaflet: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/publications/mitchell-method-simple-relaxation

Fit for Birth Information Leaflet: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/publications/fit-birth

Reproduced with permission of LabourPains.com, NHS inform – Ready Steady Baby!, BabyCentre, New Life Classes and Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (pogp.csp.org.uk)

If you are having a Caesarean section, visit our classes section for information about our Enhanced Recovery for Obstetric Surgery in Scotland (EROSS) class.

Post Natal Care

We’re a team of highly skilled physiotherapists who specialise in the assessment and treatment of people during and after pregnancy.

We provide ante natal and post natal appointments for:

  • Muscle and joint issues such as: Low back pain, Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), Diastasis Rectus Abdominus Muscles (DRAM), Coccydynia (tailbone pain), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, DeQuervains Synovitis (thumb pain).
  • Bladder, bowel and pelvic floor issues such as difficulty controlling or emptying the bladder or bowel, prolapse symptoms and pelvic pain.

We also provide the following classes*

  • Ante natal classes 
  • Post natal rehab classes
  • Enhanced Recovery after Obstetrics Surgery in Scotland (EROSS)/caesarean section classes
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain class (PGP class)

 * Only EROSS and PGP classes are available online in some of our sites.

How to Access the Service

There’re several ways you can access the Obstetrics Physiotherapy service. You can contact the Obstetrics Physiotherapy service by directly phoning your Obstetrics Physiotherapy Department or by posting a self referral form to your Obstetrics Physiotherapy Department. 

Contact Details

Inverclyde Royal Hospital – Obstetrics Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Level C
Inverclyde Royal Hospital 
Larkfield Road
Greenock PA16 0XN

Call: 01475 504 373

Princess Royal Maternity Hospital – Obstetrics Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Level 2
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital 
16 Alexandra Parade
Glasgow G31 2ER

Call: 0141 201 3432

Queen Elizabeth University Maternity Hospital – Obstetrics Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Room 3, 1st Floor Admin Corridor
Maternity Unit
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow G51 4TF

Call: 0141 201 2324

Royal Alexandra Hospital – Obstetrics Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Ground Floor
Maternity Unit
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Corsebar Road
Paisley PA2 9PN

Call: 0141 314 6765

Vale of Leven Hospital – Obstetrics Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street 
Alexandria G83 0UA

Call: 01389 817 531

Further Information

Comments, Suggestions and Complaints

Or contact us via phone: 0141 201 4500 or email: complaints@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

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On this page you will find useful information to help further manage your condition and/or your overall health.

If you have attended our Pelvic Floor or Obstetrics Physiotherapy service, your Physiotherapist will be able to direct you to the most important information and advice for you as an individual.

COVID-19
Understanding Pain
Other Physiotherapy Pathways
Physical Activity
Coping with Stress, Anxiety or Depression
Sleep, Alcohol, Smoking, Weight Management
Gender-Based Violence & Human Trafficking

You can use the following sections to find advice and exercises to help you manage different pregnancy related aches and pains.

Inside each section, you fill find instructions on how to contact the physiotherapy department if required.

For any general questions, please visit the obstetrics physiotherapy site for all the contact details.

Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pregnancy related Pelvic Girdle Pain is pain experienced during pregnancy or in the early post-natal period around pubic bone, groin, buttocks, hips and/or lower back.

Use the links below for advice on Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP):

External Resources

PGP Leaflet: https://pogp.csp.org.uk/publications/pregnancy-related-pelvic-girdle-pain-mothers-be-and-new-mothers

Working from Home – Advice and Exercises: https://www.csp.org.uk/publications/do-you-sit-desk-all-day-leaflets 

Reproduced with permission of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (pogp.csp.org.uk) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (csp.org.uk). 

NHS Highland Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Information Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v731EXFR2k4

Getting in touch

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department  if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

You can request to attend one of our online Pelvic Girdle Pain classes. See more information here.

Pregnancy Related Low Back Pain

Pregnancy related Low Back Pain is pain experienced during pregnancy or in the early post-natal period around the bottom of your back. If you have pain in other areas around your back, this information will also be useful.

Use the links below for advice on low back pain during pregnancy or after having a baby:

External Resources

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department  if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus Muscles

Diastasis Rectus Abdominus is the normal widening of your tummy muscles during pregnancy to accommodate your growing baby. After having your baby, this widening can take up to a year to recover, however, sometimes it can take longer and you may require a specialist physiotherapist to review them for you.

Use the links below for advice on Diastasis Rectus Abdominus Muscles or DRAM.

External Resources

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department if you have any further concerns with your abdominal muscles or are interested in starting an exercise program. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

Bladder, Bowel and Pelvic Floor Concerns

Use the links below for advice on bladder, bowel and/or pelvic floor concerns:

Please use the following Relaxation Video to use alongside pelvic floor relaxation.

External Resources

Continence Information Leaflet

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises Information Leaflet

Pelvic Organ Prolapse Leaflet

Bowel Function Leaflet

NHS Highland Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercise Information Video

SqueezyApp for Information Leaflets and Videos on Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises

Reproduced with permission of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (pogp.csp.org.uk) and SqueezyApp.com

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department throughout pregnancy and up to twelve weeks post natal.

Coccydynia

Coccydynia or tailbone pain is pain experienced on the sitting bone, specially when sitting. This can appear during pregnancy or in the early post-natal period due to the changes happening to your body.

Use the links below for advice about coccydynia or tailbone pain:

External Resources

Working from Home – Advice and Exercises

Reproduced with permission of Pelvic Obstetric and Gynaecological Physiotherapy (pogp.csp.org.uk) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (csp.org.uk). 

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department  if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is pain, numbness, pins and needles and tingling of the fingers and hand(s). There may be also swelling of the hands and you might feel your hands are clumsy, weak and tire easily. This can appear during pregnancy or in the early post-natal period due to the changes happening to your body.

Use the links below for advice on how to manage carpal tunnel syndrome:

Wrist Splint Size Guide

Reference to measure wrist splint size

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

DeQuervains Synovitis

DeQuervains Synovitis is pain on the base of the thumb, swelling and reduced movement. This can appear during pregnancy or in the early post-natal period due to the changes happening to your body.

Use the links below for advice on how to manage DeQuervains Synovitis:

Thumb Spica Size Guide

Reference to measure thumb spica size

Please contact your obstetrics physiotherapy department if your symptoms get worse or don’t improve with the above advice and exercises. You can contact the department during pregnancy and up to six weeks after giving birth.

We’re a team of highly skilled physiotherapists who specialise in pelvic floor dysfunction.

In this section you’ll find how can you can access the service and also the different locations where the service is available.

Appointments are available for people presenting with any of the following pelvic floor dysfunctions:

  • Bladder issues
  • Bowel issues
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Before and after gynaecology surgery
  • Before and after prostate surgery

How to Access the Service

Our Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy service requires a referral letter from either your GP or from another hospital consultant.

Contact Details

Inverclyde Royal Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Level C
Inverclyde Royal Hospital 
Larkfield Road
Greenock PA16 0XN

Call: 01475 504 373

New Stobhill Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Ground Floor
The New Stobhill Hospital
Balornock Road
Glasgow G21 3UW

Call: 0141 355 1642

New Victoria Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Ground Floor
New Victoria Hospital
Grange Road
Glasgow G42 9LF

Call: 0141 347 8685

Princess Royal Maternity Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Level 2
Princess Royal Maternity Hospital 
16 Alexandra Parade
Glasgow G31 2ER

Call: 0141 201 3432

At present we can only accept referrals from up to 12 weeks post-natal patients who have had their deliveries at this hospital.

Queen Elizabeth University Maternity Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Room 3, 1st Floor Admin Corridor
Maternity Unit
1345 Govan Road
Glasgow G51 4TF

Call: 0141 201 2324

Royal Alexandra Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Ground Floor
Maternity Unit
Royal Alexandra Hospital
Corsebar Road
Paisley PA2 9PN

Call: 0141 314 6765

Vale of Leven Hospital – Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Department
Vale of Leven Hospital
Main Street 
Alexandria G83 0UA

Call: 01389 817 531

Further Information