Pregnancy Pilates in Shrewsbury
I am a mum of two young girls and like many others during pregnancy I felt nervous about all the changes going on in my body and what felt ‘normal’, well I just wasn’t sure any more! I attended a Pilates class for pregnancy (before I became an instructor myself) and found that meeting other pregnant mums was really reassuring, we all shared the desire to prepare our bodies for the changes that were happening, to help us during the birth and to aid with a faster recovery once we had our babies and as an added bonus we made some friends.
I understand that pregnancy and the months following the birth of your baby can be filled with different emotions. My goal is to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in which you can relax and enjoy pregnancy Pilates and that my classes will help prepare your mind and body for a wonderful birth experience. Once you have had your baby I look forward to welcoming you and your baby to my post-natal classes.
Whether you are planning a natural birth or a C-section there are loads of benefits of Pilates during pregnancy:
Benefits of Pilates during pregnancy
- Pregnancy Pilates works on mobility rather than flexibility. The body needs to keep free and mobile to avoid tightness and aches all whilst avoiding over-stretching the ligaments. It helps strengthen your tummy muscles, which better equips your body 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.
- Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy 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 small amounts of wee when you cough or sneeze.
- Helps with 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.
- Takes 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.
- Keep ankles, legs, upper-body and arms strong and mobile in preparation for an active birth and for the physical demands after birth such as breastfeeding, carrying your baby and pushing the pram.
- Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour.
Are you qualified to work with pre and post- natal clients?
Yes. I am fully qualified to work with pre and post-natal clients and all the exercises we do during classes are safe for mother and baby.
I’ve never done Pilates before, can I still come to the class?
Absolutely! The exercise programme is designed for women at all stages of pregnancy and doesn’t require any previous Pilates practice.
Do I need to have done your class right from the beginning of my pregnancy?
No, though if you’ve not been doing any physical exercise it is not advisable to start Pilates during your third trimester.
How much are the classes?
A block of 4 classes is £40 and a block of 8 classes is £72.
“Birth is the ultimate journey towards the tremendous strength and power that is gifted to us as females and mothers. Birth is the ultimate experience where we ALL come together, where we stop for a moment and remember the reason for life, the reason to be, the love that is the thread that joins us.”
Carolyne Anthony; The Center for Women’s Health and Exercise
Babies, Pilates & Lattes – Post-Natal Pilates in Shrewsbury
Congratulations you’ve had your baby and your body has done an amazing job over the last nine months. Taking time out to do post-natal Pilates will put you on a path for a healthier future. Pilates works like WD40, it literally oils your joints, slowing down the natural ageing process by improving core strength, muscle tone, joint mobility, balance and posture. Children are demanding both physically and mentally but you can keep one step ahead in body and mind.
Come along with your baby to my Babies, Lattes & Pilates Post-Natal group to exercise your body at your own pace, slowly helping the muscles to recover and re-build their strength following the birth of your baby. They’ll even be coffee afterwards to give those first few tiring weeks a helping hand!
After pregnancy and labour, the abdominal muscles have been stretched to their maximum capacity and are left soft and lax. Postnatal Pilates classes target these muscles by providing support of the pelvis and the abdominal wall through specific exercises.
How soon after my baby can I start your ante-natal classes?
The breathing and pelvic-floor exercises learnt during my pregnancy Pilates classes can be done immediately after birth. Under current medical guidelines a woman can begin exercise following the 6 week post-partum check from the doctor and 12 weeks following a C-section.
I didn’t come to your pregnancy classes can I still come along to the post-natal Pilates classes?
Yes of course. I’ll just need you to complete a health form prior to you starting the classes and will need to know a little about your birth so I know what exercises are appropriate.
I have had some complications following my labour, can I still join the classes?
Please get in touch so we can chat over any concerns you might have.
“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing”