Pre-and-Post-natal Pilates Group Classes

at the Pilates Studio Edinburgh

 

Pre-natal and Post-natal Pilates

 

Pilates is the perfect exercise method to keep you in shape throughout your pregnancy and beyond. Not only will it keep you strong and flexible, but it is the perfect antidote to the discomforts sometimes associated with pregnancy. Post-natal Pilates is available as one to one or group classes, pre-natal Pilates is only available as one to one or duet sessions.

The big added bonus is that because Pilates practice engages your deepest core muscles, pelvic floor, hips and spine, you will develop muscle strength and memory that will help your body recover faster after giving birth. Although Pilates is one of the safest workouts you can do when you’re expecting, be sure to check with your doctor before you begin to practice Pilates or any other workout program.

 

How can Pilates help me during my pregnancy?

Pilates strengthens your abdominals, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, so it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant. Some research suggests that doing Pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.

The main benefit of Pilates is that it targets the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way.

 

Doing regular Pilates will help:

  • Strengthen your abdominals muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury
  • Reduce signs of back pain, by exercising the deepest abdominals muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down. This may prevent you from leaking urine when you cough or sneeze.
  • Improve balance, as you may feel a little more clumsy, or that your balance isn’t as good as usual, in pregnancy. Pilates exercises strengthen your core and may make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows.
  • Take the strain off your back and pelvis, by using positions such as going on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth.
  • Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour.

Exercise in general is good for you during and after pregnancy. You should aim to do both aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, and muscle-strengthening exercise, such as Pilates.

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