Pregnancy / Pre-Natal Pilates
New Pregnancy Pilates Classes
Our next 4-week group course will start shortly. Please contact us for the next available course.
Pregnancy Pilates sessions are specially developed to help strengthen the muscles and structures that are under a lot of stress during pregnancy. You will work with a teacher who is educated in pre-natal exercise and will help you choose suitable exercises for your stage of pregnancy. The aim is to strengthen the muscles supporting the growing abdomen and pelvic floor muscles, improve posture, and aid circulation.
We welcome pregnant women from week 14 of their pregnancy.
Pilates is a gentle low impact form of exercise and as such it is considered one of the best forms of exercise for a pregnant woman. Exercises can be adapted at each stage of pregnancy to allow for gentler or more focused exercise, but should not be continued if any discomfort is experienced.
Pilates will not place strain on the joints or back. In fact the back will be strengthened as will the stomach and muscles around the pelvic area - allowing for an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.
The second trimester is, for most woman, the easiest part of pregnancy. Although the body is changing and expanding, energy levels are generally high and this should be when the exercises should be maximised to give you every advantage for the following months.
In the third trimester you can feel heavy and uncomfortable and hormones designed to loosen the pelvic joints can cause back pain. The additional weight of the baby can throw your centre of balance off, legs can become swollen and varicose veins can develop. Pilates helps all of these conditions associated with pregnancy by strengthening the central or core muscles which in turn leads to improved posture and circulation.
Benefits Of Pilates During Labour
The improvement in muscle tone and circulation gained through practicing pilates will also be of value during labour. Improved circulation allows an increased oxygen supply to the womb and this is less distressing for the baby. And of course the breathing techniques used in Pilates can help with the control of breathing during childbirth.
Resuming Pilates After Childbirth
Women can generally return to Pilates four to six weeks after delivery, or eight to twelve weeks after a Caesarean section. Your doctor can advise you on when your body is ready. Exercises can be adapted to individual needs, so whether you have had a normal or Caesarian delivery, a safe workout can be developed to target particular muscle groups.
Pilates will help your body regain its shape and tone and restrengthen muscles that have been severely weakened during your pregnancy.