Prenatal Pilates & Postnatal Pilates

Prenatal Pilates
Exercise during pregnancy is important. It is a time to enjoy focusing on your posture, gentle stretching, toning and relaxing rather than aiming to get fit through rigorous exercise.
Our Team is happy for you to join our prenatal classes from week 16 of your pregnancy. It is advised to get clearance from your Doctor before commencing Pilates while pregnant. If you wouldn’t mind getting a letter at your next appointment with your GP, Gynae or Consultant saying it is ok to start Pilates.
Modified Pilates for Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes in a short period of time. Many of these changes are bought on by hormones Oestrogen and Progesterone which increases to around 100 times higher than normal levels. Their role is to provide an ideal environment for your baby to develop. These hormones and a third hormone called Relaxin also acts to soften the muscles and ligaments of the pelvis to allow room for the baby to grow. The pregnancy hormones have an important role but their effects on softening the ligaments of the body must be taken into consideration when exercising. Your upper back is also under stress due to the increasing size of the breast which may lead to tense muscles and joint pain
Exercise is very important during pregnancy but it is important that it is the right form of exercise. The first trimester is an important time for the foetal development.
Pilates is a toning and conditioning exercises programme that concentrates on building a strong and efficient ‘centre’ of abdominal, spinal and pelvic floor muscles. A strong ‘centre’ of muscles acts to brace the spine to support the extra weight of the baby and provide stability to the joints. A strong and efficient pelvic floor provides continuous support to the uterus and helps to reduce weakening and stretching of the pelvic floor during pregnancy.
We offer a Pre and Postnatal Reformer class on Tuesday evenings at 6pm with our expert Teacher Teresa. This is a one hour class. Teresa will take you through a repertoire to work through all those areas that need movement throughout pregnancy!

Mum & Baby Class – WEDNESDAY 11.15am 

We also offer a Postnatal class that you can bring your baby along in the car seat on Wednesdays at 11.15am. We have found 45 minutes is the perfect amount of time for this class to get a workout in, baby can join in or have a little nap. Carolina is the expert here having had 2 little ones herself. This class is the perfect start after having a baby. You will be introduced to engaging the pelvic floor muscles and start rebuilding the strength your body needs after having a baby. Our front desk team are loving Wednesday mornings getting some cuddles from the babies 😊
Postnatal Guidelines
It is safe to start from 6 weeks post normal delivery or 12 weeks post C section. If your Consultant has any specific instructions for your postnatal recovery please let us know. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any pre or postnatal queries.
Why not take a trial class and see if pilates is the right
choice for you. Beginner classes available