What Is Antenatal Pilates, And Is It For Me?
Antenatal Pilates is Pilates classes specifically designed for individuals during and after pregnancy. Both Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates follow the same concepts and principles of traditional Pilates, but include modified exercises to ensure they are safe and effective for expectant and new Mums. Antenatal Pilates strengthens the entire body, focusing on the core and pelvic floor, specifically for expectant and new Mums.
If you are expecting and are having an uncomplicated pregnancy, then Pilates may be for you. If you have complications, please check with your midwife or GP first.
Pre-natal Pilates is a great way for pregnant women, having an uncomplicated pregnancy, to commence weeks 8 – 20; to stay in good shape throughout your pregnancy. Ir is not recommended to commence Pilates over half way through your pregnancy, if you commence prior to week 20, you can then continue until week 32. For ladies wishing to join a class after week 20, or for continuing with exercise from week 32 – birth, we recommend Pregnancy Yoga, which is designed to help the body prepare for birth.
What Benefits Can I Expect During Pregnancy Pilates?
Pilates will help strengthen your core, back and pelvic floor, In addition, you may achieve the following benefits:
- Improved breathing control throughout pregnancy and labour.
- Reduced back pain from postural changes.
- Stronger muscles to aid lifting and bending once the baby is born.
- Improved balance.
- Improved relaxation.
- Improved mobility of joints.
- Improved labour due to increased strength of the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor.
- Improved self-esteem & confidence.
- Improved well-being.
- Improved body awareness.
I’ve Just Had my Baby, How Soon Can I Return to Pilates?
Congratulations! It is important not to rush this process as you will end up delaying the recovery in the long-term. Always check with your GP and midwife first. Generally, if you had an… Continue reading