Ante-Natal Pilates

A relaxing form of exercise that is safe to do throughout you pregnancy

I offer small classes of maximum 6 people as well as one to one sessions which is ideal if you are unable to attend the class or have a musculoskeletal condition.

Modified Pilates is safe during pregnancy whether you are continuing exercise or wish to try something new. There is no need to have done Pilates before as I will teach you the basic principle and provide continual guidance and facilitation throughout your session,

Most people commence Pilates in Pregnancy during their second trimester when their energy levels are higher and morning sickness has subsided , However if you are currently fit and healthy and have been actively participating in sport prior to your pregnancy, have none of the contraindications to exercise then with consent from your GP/midwife you may be safe to join the class.

 

Relaxation is part of the session which will assist you in a sense of well being and calmness throughout your pregnancy,

To ensure you are safe to exercise you will need to complete a health screening questionnaire as the class progresses if you experience any changes in your back or pelvis, change in your health relevant to your pregnancy eg high BP, gestational diabetes.

 

Ante-Natal Pilates - Key areas

Ante-Natal pilates classes focus on key areas specific to the postural and physical needs of mums-to-be.

  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy causes your ligaments, muscles and other soft tissues to soften promoting flexibility in joint and muscles. Pregnant ladies are more prone to muscle strains and ligament sprains therefore ante-natal pilates avoids over stretching and ballistic movements focusing more on controlling smaller joint range movements.
  •  Throughout your pregnancy your centre of gravity will change day by day as your baby grows and throughout the day as your baby changes position. Pilates in pregnancy will teach you how to adapt and maintain safe postural alignment by activating core abdominal muscles, lower back muscles and those surrounding your pelvis to prevent pain.
  • Pelvic floor muscles come under pressure as your baby grows and weaken due to hormonal changes. Preventing these muscles from weakening has been found to reduce ante-natal and post-natal urinary incontinence. However it is just as important you learn how to relax the pelvic floor which is required during labour.

Please email directly for details of antenatal classes currently running or check my Facebook site.