Pilates is a wonderful way to exercise and move the body while pregnant. Many doctors and GP’s will recommend pre and post natal pilates as it assists a comfortable pregnancy and makes the transition to motherhood a little easier. It is also important to stay active to maintain muscle, ligament and core strength.
As a woman’s body goes through postural changes, the need for pilates practice increases as it helps to balance out the body. Using a reformer is a safe way to help build good postural alignment without stress on the joints. Change in posture is a main area to address and the main aim is to strengthen the weaker muscles and stretch out the tight muscles to balance out the body. Improving posture is also the best way prevent pain and stress to the lower back and pelvis.
Our focus is to help you feel strong and confident in your body, strengthen the core and pelvic floor so your body will better cope with strain on the body while your baby grows.
Other benefits are:
- more energy, and better sleep
- better breathing which helps to oxygenate the blood through the body
- blood clots, varicose veins and puffiness will be reduced due to increased blood flow, movement and stretching
- learning breathing technique to assist in childbirth to calm the mind
- good core and pelvic floor strength to help you recover more quickly after childbirth
- reduces pregnancy blues
- improves self image
Can I attend classes if I am pregnant?
Yes, in fact we specifically run Pregnancy classes specifically designed so that you can still work out pre and post your pregnancy. You will safely tone and strengthen your entire body with a focus on pelvic floor muscles, your core and also your posture. Pilates classes during pregnancy will reward you with a quicker recovery time after the birth of your baby.
I’ve recently had a baby, when can I start pilates?
We recommend you do not start any exercise until you have had clearance from your GP. We recommend you check if you have Diastasis Recti before doing exercise. When you do start you must take it slow. You can do more damage than good if you go too hard. It takes time to heal. A special focus should be on pelvic floor, your core muscles and posture.
This will be a special time for you. You will feel stronger with pilates in your life, you will gain body confidence and feel a lot happier in yourself, especially important as it has been proven exercise after pregnancy helps to reduce the risk of postpartum depression.
3 KEY BENEFITS:
🐢 Pilates is a lower-intensity workout which is safe for your pregnant body .
🐢 Pilates incorporates full-body strengthening, which is essential for joint stability and injury prevention during pregnancy. Hormonal fluctuations cause ligamentous changes, often increasing movement within joints, which puts the pregnant body at risk of injury (i.e lower back or pelvic girdle pain).
🐢 Pilates promotes deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle engagement. During pregnancy the increased abdominal pressure puts additional load on your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. Maintaining correct activation of these muscles is an essential component to reduce the risk of bladder incontinence, urgency, bowel dysfunction, prolapse and improve lower back or pelvic pain.
BodyLife’s MaMa Pilates classes are safe, small group reformer classes which are tailored for pre and post-natal women. We advise a consult with our in-house Physiotherapist for a full musculoskeletal assessment, prior to commencing our MaMa Pilates class. **(Physiotherapist consults can be claimed by your health fund)**
Please contact our studio for enquiries. We look forward to working with you throughout your pregnancy journey