Pregnancy Pilates is an integrated form of Pilates specially adapted for the pregnant woman and her changing body. Pilates is a low impact exercise system developed in the 1920's by Joseph H. Pilates with a resource of nearly 500 exercises.
Our Pilates instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists, experts on the safe physical functioning of the human body. Carefully structured, small classes are focused around the principles of strong and effective core movement. The benefits discovered in class will be carried over into everyday activities during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
Over the period of the pregnancy the demands on your body from your growing baby can lead to a number of changes such as postural and muscle imbalances. These mechanical and accompanying hormonal changes can lead to pain and discomfort in the back and pelvic region. Pregnancy Pilates offers peak physical conditioning working the body from the inside out to prevent and alleviate such discomforts.
Stages and Assessment
Pre – natal Pilates
Pilates during pregnancy is usually commenced after the 12th week of pregnancy. Prior to this, it can be done with the written consent of your Medical Doctor looking after your ante –natal care.
Post – natal Pilates
Pilates postpartum can usually be commenced from 6-8 weeks after the birth, provided you have had a normal delivery without complications. According to your fitness level and ability you will be advised to join one of our beginner Pilates level classes.
If you have had a C-section or other complications during delivery, it may take a lot longer (12 – 20 weeks) before you are able to join a class.
You can find further information on class levels and booking details on our Pilates Website here .
Physical assessment after giving birth
It is highly recommended that you receive a one to one private consultation with one of our Physiotherapists prior to joining one of our Pilates classes.
At this consult your medical history will be taken and a full physical examination will be done to ascertain your current physical fitness postpartum. Separation of the rectus abdominus muscle, one of your tummy muscles, is a common occurrence in women towards the end of pregnancy. The medical term for this is ‘Diastasis Recti’ and needs to be assessed whether it has re-joined prior to commencing abdominal and core exercises.
This ensures we can help look after your health in the very best possible way.
For further details please visit our Physio Pilates website here .