The flexibility of the Pilates method makes it a safe and effective form of exercise throughout pregnancy. The exercises can be adapted for each trimester and can address certain issues that pregnancy may bring, such as back and pelvic pain.
The exercises can help support the ever changing body, maintain a healthy posture, release tension and, if you are planning an active labour, offer breathing techniques. We look at both engaging the pelvic floor to support the pregnancy and releasing the pelvic floor for childbirth. Exercises also focus on upper body strength to get ready for the demands of childcare.
From 16 weeks it is not advised to exercise lying on the back so we adapt some exercises using birthing balls. All mats and small equipment are provided for expectant mums, but please bring along your own birthing ball/ gym exercise ball.
Group classes are kept to a maximum of 10 to allow for individual attention and exercise progression. Pregnancy Pilates is suitable to take up after your 12 week scan. Beginners to the Pilates method are welcome.
This class is taught by Leanne of Mind Body Pilates.