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Ante-Natal Pilates

Modified Pilates is a relaxing form of exercise which 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 we will teach you the basic principles 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 and have none of the contraindications to exercise, then with consent from your GP/midwife, you may be safe to join the class.

We offer small classes of a maximum of 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.

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.

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 or change in your health relevant to your pregnancy eg. high blood pressure, gestational diabetes.

Please email for details of ante-natal classes currently running or check our Facebook page. 

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