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Pre-natal Pilates is a low impact gentle form of exercise which is highly considered to be one of the best forms of exercise an expecting mum can do. Pre-natal Pilates does not add strain on the joints or back, it actually increases the strength of your pelvic floor, stomach and back muscles which will aid an easier pregnancy, delivery and help your body recover faster post pregnancy.

Who is Suitable for Pre Natal Pilates Classes?

Pre-natal Pilates can be enjoyed by most expecting mums due to the exercises being adaptable to suit your needs and capabilities. Expecting mums need to be 16 weeks pregnant to commence a pre-natalPilates class or 8 weeks if you are already familiar with Pilates.

What to Expect in a Pre Natal Pilates Class

Our Pre-natal Pilates classes are designed to be adaptable because your body and abilities change throughout your pregnancy. Our specially trained Pilates physiotherapists will focus on your capabilities during each trimester to make sure you gain as much as possible from your Pilates session. For instance:
  • Changing hormones in the first trimester can make you feel nauseous and exhausted. Gentle Pilates can revitalise your body and mind making you feel a lot better.
  • Your energy levels are generally higher in the second trimester so your physiotherapist will maximise the exercises to give you every advantage for the subsequent months.
  • Back pain in the third trimester is quite common due to your baby increasing in size and weight. Legs can become swollen and varicose veins can develop. Pre-natal Pilates will strengthen your core muscles which will lead to improved posture and circulation.

Benefits of a Pre Natal Pilates Class

There are many benefits gained from taking part in Prenatal Pilates such as:
  • Ease some of the symptoms of pregnancy
  • Prepare the muscles for birth
  • Aids with a quick recovery post pregnancy
  • Help you to move correctly without stressing your joints
  • Help you cope with the increased strain on your neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Emphasising correct alignment and good posture
  • Aids relaxation
  • Decreases the strain taken by your lower back
  • Strengthen the pelvic floor and deep abdominals
  • Promotes a feeling of well-being

Precautions for Pre Natal Pilates

Pre natal Pilates is a safe form of exercise during your pregnancy. However, you should always check with your G.P or midwife before attending the class. You should not attend the class if you have any of the following:
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness or disorientation
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Severe headaches accompanied by swelling, blurred vision, pain at the side of the rib cage
  • Fever
  • Anaemia
  • Breach in the third trimester
  • You haven’t felt the baby move
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling, pain or tenderness in your legs

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Pilates is one of the safest workouts you can do when you’re expecting, however, always check with your G.P before you begin.

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