Exercise during pregnancy is important and has many health benefits. Many stresses occur in your body as a result of hormonal and postural changes. Antenatal Pilates focus’ on breathing, gentle stretching and strengthening your deep abdominal, back, arm and pelvic floor muscles. The exercises promote relaxation whilst the postural awareness, improved spinal stability and stronger pelvic floor can help reduce pain and discomfort. The classes also help prepare your body for birth and the physical demands of being a new Mum. Regular Pilates during pregnancy can contribute towards an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.
If you regularly exercise the classes are a great way to safely maintain your fitness but they are equally suitable to those who are new to exercise. The classes have been running for over 8 years now and I am still in contact with a lot of mum who have met and become lifelong friends as a result of the antenatal classes. Many enjoyed them so much they have continued to practice Pilates in our other classes.
If you have not practised Pilates before it is best waiting until after your 12 week scan before starting. Please use the contact us section if you are unsure about your eligibility to join us before 12 weeks.
An assessment form must be completed prior to commencing the course. This will ensure the instructor is fully aware of all aspects of your pregnancy and we can keep your and your growing baby as safe a possible. In some instances, for example, a mum-to-be who is experiencing severe back or pelvic pain, a one to one assessment may be required. This assessment will help the instructor learn more about you and your pain and provide specific one to one exercises and advice before commencing the classes. Most ladies will not need the extra assessment. Please use the contact us section if you would like to enquire about a 1-1 session.