Pre & Post Natal Pilates


Breathing and Relaxation: The breathing techniques learnt in Pilates will prove invaluable during pregnancy and labour. Correct breathing will help to release tension in the body, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed. As the baby grows it will begin to push against your ribcage, leaving you short of breath. Pilates breathing will increase your lung capacity and help you deal with this shortness of breath.

Core Muscles: Pilates focuses on deep postural muscles, especially the transverses abdominal muscle. Strengthening this muscle will support your bump and protect your spine. The exercise done, before labour, will help your abdominal muscles return to normal after the delivery.

 

Pelvic Floor: Pilates also focuses on strengthening the pelvic floor. This will prove invaluable whist carrying the baby as the pelvic floor bears the weight of the uterus.

 

Good Posture: Through pregnancy, the body is constantly changing and Pilates will bring you an awareness of your posture. It will help you avoid the aches and pains associated with back and joint problems and help you look great.

 

Pilates will also ensure your body’s systems (respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic) are functioning efficiently.

 

Practising Pilates whilst pregnant will help you:-

  • Strengthen your pelvic floor muscle control to prevent incontinence and aid in labour.
  • Improve postural awareness
  • Strengthen abdominal and gluteal muscles to support and stabilise the pelvis and spine.
  • Stretch spinal and upper limb muscles to relieve tension
  • Aid relaxation and advise on positions of relaxation
  • Maintain effective circulation to aid with swelling
  • Incorporate positions for labour into your exercise programme

Prenatal courses are only currently available for private booking.

 

Postnatal Pilates will help you:

  • Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, weakened by pregnancy, helping you overcome incontinence.
  • Retrain your abdominal muscles to help support your spine and pelvis and recover your pre-baby shape.
  • Re-educate correct postures following the natural changes in your body through pregnancy.
  • Stretch spinal and upper limb muscles to relieve tension.
  • Strengthen your upper body teaching you how to lift and hold your growing baby to avoid back problems.
  • General exercise increases the production of endorphins which make you feel good increasing energy and reducing fatigue.

Please note: To attend any of the postnatal classes you must have been given the go-ahead by your health professional following your 6 week check (if you have had a Caesarian-section this is likely to be longer)