Pilates strengthens the core muscles that are weakened during pregnancy. Mums can prevent low back pain, incontinence, improve posture and strengthen weak abdominal muscles.
Pilates core strengthening exercises focus on the working relationship of the abdominals, back, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles. This is very important for the new mum – and vital for lifting the baby into and out of the cot, off the floor, in and out of the car, walking, and performing basic activities of daily living.
Our special “Mums and Bubs” classes have been designed to focus on safety and recovery. The classes are run by one of our Pilates Instructors who specializes in Pre & Post Natal exercise. The classes are suitable for Mums and their babies of up to 12 months old. Mum's do the exercises and can look after their babies during the class, when they require attention.
During Pregnancy women can develop weakness in their stomach muscles and back/core stability – this is because the body adapts to the shift in the centre of gravity, primarily due to the added weight in the abdominal and pelvic regions.
After delivery back pain and injury can be a significant problem because of the repeated bending, lifting and carrying associated with child rearing.
It is therefore important that back strengthening and stretching exercises are incorporated in your exercise routine.
Pilates postnatal exercise will:
Talk to your doctor about when is a good time to start exercising.
Some women will feel able to start exercising early, say 3 weeks after birth, for others it might be 6-8 weeks before they feel up to it.
Gentle exercise (like walking) can generally be started as soon as comfortable after birth.
Your lower back and abdominal muscles are weaker than they used to be.
Your ligaments and joints are also more supple and pliable, so it is easier to injure yourself especially doing high-impact exercises or sports that require rapid direction changes.
Pilates postnatal exercises are excellent for getting you stronger without risk of injury and our Pilates instructor is fully qualified in pre and postnatal exercise.