Post Natal Pilates
Being a mother of 5 beautiful children I cannot emphasise enough on the benefit of Pilates during the pregnancy and after the birth. Pilates is ideal for the postnatal period and the pressures a woman faces during this time. Fatigue, weakened abdominals, demands of breastfeeding, and just day-to-day care of a baby can make it difficult for women to regain their strength and figure. As any new mum will attest, it can feel difficult just to keep up those pelvic floor exercises when Baby has needs 24/7.
Many find it difficult to tone the tummy after giving birth, particularly after C-section or a difficult delivery. Re-training this area should be done from the inside out! Emphasis is on strengthening deep abdominal muscles to ensure good technique when you come back to those sit-ups!
Most postnatal classes will take mums from 6 weeks onwards. In our studio we have created Mums and babies Pilates which allow babies to come along. They are great classes as they focus on new mums’ needs and you can take your baby so no childcare to be arranged. Mums may have to stop and comfort their babies, but there are often ways around this! Sometimes the babies can be involved in the exercises or may be happy to play (or even sleep!!) while Mum has her class. We also have a selection of toys at the studio to keep babies interested.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, weakened by pregnancy, helping you overcome incontinence.
- Re-educate correct postures following the natural changes in your body through pregnancy.
- Retrain your abdominal muscles to help support your spine and pelvis and recover your pre-baby shape.
- Stretch spinal and upper limb muscles to relieve tension.
- Strengthen your upper body teaching you how to lift and hold your growing baby to avoid back problems.
- General exercise increases the production of endorphins which make you feel good increasing energy and reducing fatigue.