Pilates in Pregnancy

We currently don’t have any scheduled classes but if you are interested please contact me.

Pregnancy is a time when a mum-to-be undergoes enormous physical, emotional and hormonal changes. There is so much advice out there as to what to avoid during pregnancy, it can leave us a little bewildered as to just what is safe to do during pregnancy.

Exercise during and after pregnancy is known to be beneficial to women. Pilates is a gentle low impact form of exercise suitable throughout pregnancy. Midwivesonline.com is the UK’s leading unique midwifery led website. They state that Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise you could choose during pregnancy for total body strengthening and toning.

Pilates helps maintain and improve the condition of the spine and the core muscles which are made up of the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. Strengthening these muscles makes for an easier labour and faster recovery. Having strong core muscles also helps to counteract the postural changes that occur during pregnancy. Pilates at this time in your life also helps you to maintain a healthy toned body and to get your figure back after the birth.

Exercise during pregnancy reduces the risks of various conditions common during pregnancy such as varicose veins, constipation, lower back pain, wide separation of the abdominal wall muscles (diastasis recti), incontinence and sleep problems associated with pregnancy. Pilates is a great no sweat workout that leaves you feeling relaxed. A relaxed and happy mummy equals a happy baby!

A specific pregnancy Pilates class such as FitBuzz Pregnant Pilates will ensure that the Pilates programme is safe, targeted and effective during the course of the pregnancy. Exercises will be adapted at each stage of pregnancy to allow for gentler or more focused exercise. Many of the exercises can be performed lying on the side, on all fours or while sitting, and hence are safe during the second and third trimester when lying flat on the back is best avoided. Being on all fours can actually help to get your baby in a good position for delivery.

Use of some simple pieces of equipment such as resistance bands and small and large Pilates balls will enhance the exercises and make the mum-to-be more comfortable during the relaxation section at the end of the class. Pilates during pregnancy has the added advantage that it teaches you to relax, which is invaluable throughout pregnancy and labour and as you care for your newborn.

Fitbuzz Pregnant Pilates classes are small and friendly so if you’re expecting, whether or not it’s your first, give me a call for more information. I also run non-pregnant Pilates courses and one to one Pilates training tailored to the individual.

As Joseph Pilates (The creator of Pilates) said “I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”- Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.