Pregnancy Pilates in London
Are you pregnant, living in London and looking to keep in shape?
Perhaps you are currently Googling “Pregnancy Pilates in London”?
If you are then you’ll have discovered the many options for pregnant women wanting to keep fit in the city.
Among the different exercise styles on offer there are plenty of Pilates classes happening in studios across London. These can be a fantastic choice for expectant mums wanting to get moving.
However, as we detailed in this post, Pilates classes can differ dramatically depending on the teacher, studio and class “style”.
These factors then change whether a class is safe to take during pregnancy.
We understand that this can make choosing a suitable pregnancy Pilates class difficult.
So, to help you out, our team at Complete Pilates have put together the main questions we think you should ask yourself before signing up for a prenatal class.
Pregnancy Pilates class – What kind of class is it?
Okay, so you don’t necessarily have to attend a specific pregnancy class. Some studios will allow pregnant women to attend their standard reformer/equipment/mat classes, especially if you have been practising Pilates for a while.
However, even if you’re a regular at your local studio, it is a good idea to give some extra thought to the kind of class you are attending now that you’re exercising for two.
You might feel reluctant to give up your usual class for a less intense pregnancy-specific one. However, it can be really beneficial to attend them.
This is because prenatal classes give extra attention to the pelvic floor (muscles that are going to work hard during labour!)
And, unlike a generic group class, pregnancy Pilates classes will only include exercises that are safe for pregnant women.
Who is my teacher?
We’ve said this in other posts but we repeat, it is vital that any group class or private session you choose is taken by a qualified pre- and postnatal teacher.
This is a time of change for your body, physically, hormonally and mentally. You need a teacher who understands this, and knows which exercises are appropriate to give to you.
This doesn’t really apply (we hope!) if you are attending a specialised pregnancy Pilates class in London – although it might be worth checking out their credentials as well.
But if you want to keep going to a general group classes then you should definitely make sure your teacher has the necessary training.
How fit was I before pregnancy?
Were you huffing and puffing after a 3k jog or doing 100 burpees a day?
Before you take part in any group Pilates class consider how fit you were pre-pregnancy. This will dictate the level you can expect to work at during your pregnancy.
If you didn’t move much before pregnancy then it might be advisable to seek a doctor’s advice before beginning a new fitness programme. Once you have their go ahead to exercise then you’ll need to be careful when choosing your Pilates class to make sure it is safe for you.
On the other hand, if you were super-fit before falling pregnant then you may have the choice of continuing with your regular group classes, before needing to switch to something pregnancy-specific later.
Pilates can work for both sedentary and more active women during pregnancy.
For those women with special requirements, however, it might be advisable to choose 1-2-1 Pilates sessions or smaller group classes so that the teacher is able to give you the attention needed.
What stage of pregnancy?
You should also consider what stage you are in your pregnancy before you sign up for just any old Pilates class. This is because each of the three trimesters can bring different symptoms and will take a different toll on your body.
Some London studios specify which trimester is suitable for the different classes on offer. So check out studio websites for details before signing up to a class.
A 1-2-1 session can be a better choice for women who’ve regularly struggled with symptoms like nausea or dizziness through their pregnancy.
Unlike in a group class, in this personalised setting you won’t be given exercises that make these problems worse, such as inversions or ones that require too much balance.
How has my pregnancy progressed?
This is another useful question to ask yourself.
It is important to keep fit during pregnancy, but you may need guidance from a doctor if you have experienced any sort of complications. This doesn’t mean you can’t do Pilates – you just may need to find a supportive environment with an experienced pregnancy teacher to make it work for you.
Even if your pregnancy has been plain-sailing, it is important to recognise that each pregnancy is unique. So, just because a Pilates class says it suitable for pregnant women doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Remember, group classes are just one option. The pace or format of these won’t suit everyone.
Instead, 1-2-1 sessions or small studio groups can be an excellent choice for women looking for something a little more personalised.
At Complete’s London studios, our 1-2-1 sessions are safe and suitable for pregnant women throughout all three trimesters.
Our pre- and post-natal instructors are also supported by an expert team of Women’s Health Physios – one of whom is a clinically trained Pilates teacher as well.
With us you can feel safe knowing your Pilates sessions are taken by experts in this field. And you can therefore enjoy Pilates sessions with us right through your pregnancy.