The Royal College of Midwives and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend
that exercise is vital for you during pregnancy and postnatally. In general, this should be 150 minutes per week, over a minimum of 3 days, with a variety of intensities and styles included. Good news if you are already active!
The NHS also recommends that women who are having uncomplicated pregnancies keep fit and active. Pilates is often recommended for this purpose. If you are not a naturally active person, don’t worry! This is a great time for you to start and set habits for the future.
At Complete Pilates, many of us are physiotherapists, and all of us have pre and post-natal training. We also work alongside dedicated women’s health physiotherapist’s. This means we can help you, even if you are having pain or struggling at any stage.
Pilates has lots of benefits during pregnancy. Regardless of whether you are working with us for one-one’s, in a group class or as part of our online community, we can change and modify the exercises depending on the stage of your pregnancy. We do recommend that if you are having any problems you seek one-one advice first so that we can guide you appropriately.
Pilates is really safe in the early stages of pregnancy. If you are generally active, we can compliment your existing gym or class based activity, to make sure you are staying strong and mobile. Pilates can also act as active recovery, so that you are not just loading your muscles all the time. Working with us, means we can help you spot anything which may become a problem in your later stages, such as diastasis recti.
As you progress through your pregnancy, we can make sure to address the changes in your body, keep your spine moving, keep you strong around your pelvis, and make sure to reduce the risk of any injuries or pain. We can also help you prepare for the birth itself, and give you tips and tricks to help you immediately post-natal
You may have been told that you need to do pelvic floor exercises, but there’s so much more to it than that! The pelvic floor works alongside your deep abdominals, deep spinal muscles and diaphragm. It is also critical in breathing! To work any muscle effectively, you need to have specific exercises, as well as making sure that things are working well together. That is where Pilates can really help you.
Post-natally, we will work alongside your GP and women’s health physio, to make sure that you are doing the exercises you need to help you recover after birth. With the ever-changing demands that will now be placed on you, we also adjust to meet the needs of your body in motherhood.
We have a lot of women who want to get back to their normal levels of activity and exercise after giving birth. It may be that you want to get out and play tennis again, go running or even lift weights as soon as you can.
We will advise you on when that is going to be safe, and the stages you need to go through in your rehab, to make sure that you are achieving your goals, returning to sports and any activities, in a really safe way.
If you’ve got any questions about pre-natal or post-natal Pilates, get in touch! We have people who can help you, no matter your concerns.
We look forward to seeing you in the studio soon.