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Postnatal A-Z: X for X-ray

Today's Postnatal A-Z letter is X for X-ray. You may wonder why I've included this in here as I had so many other options starting with X But, the reason is actually that if something is a bit off with your body, you may notice it more during pregnancy or after birth.

In previous posts, I've mentioned how useful it is to see a women's health physio - to have a mummy MOT - following birth. And along the same lines, it may be worth having an X-ray/ultrasound/MRI/CT scan etc if something doesn't feel quite right. You are the person who knows your body best so it makes sense to listen to it. If you are uncomfortable with the radiation involved, keep in mind that we are all exposed to radiation every single day and the benefits of an X-ray etc usually far outweigh any potential negatives.

I suspected something was wrong with my right hip in my last trimester with my firstborn. I was in agony and couldn't sleep at night. The physio and acupuncture helped but it wasn't quite enough. After my daughter was born, I went to my GP who gave me the referral to the hospital where a quick X-ray diagnosed hip dysplasia. It wasn't what I wanted to hear but it was so helpful to know what was going on with my body and since then, I know what exercises help and which ones make the condition worse.

So the moral of this story is: get curious, ask questions, and trust your body because it's usually telling you something (especially when it's in extreme pain!) and get some answers so that you're better equipped for the future. Few bodies are perfect but each of us has the power to learn what works best for our own body.

Let me know in the comments if pregnancy/birth threw up any new/old issues for you and how you've managed them since.

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