Choosing the right Postnatal Pilates class
The most important thing about choosing the right Postnatal Pilates class is the timing and the instructor.
The timing is key. We normally recommend you give yourself 6 weeks after birth before commencing physical activity. This is to give you time to settle into your new role, but also to give your body time to recover.
We do recommend you see a women’s health physiotherapist for a check prior to commencing activity. This allows you to have an internal assessment of your pelvic floor which means you have a base level of how it is working and know what to look out for.
The next important factor is the instructor. You must make sure that the instructor has experience in women’s health and understands the journey to progressively get you back to fitness.
For every new mother, we would recommend a few postnatal 1:1 Pilates classes. This is so that you get a full assessment and a programme which is for you, rather than just a generic exercise programme.
At Complete Pilates we offer online mat or face to face equipment 1:1 postnatal Pilates as we believe this is gold standard in care. By offering this we really can make your return to activity specific to you at every step and pick up any problems you may be having early. We work closely with a full women’s health team, including massage therapists and personal trainers, which means we can help you at every stage.
Equipment Pilates is a great way of starting postnatal Pilates. We aim to get you moving as quickly as possible and try to give you some movements to go away with.
Although the first session may feel a little jumpy, we are on a fact finding mission to gather as much information as possible from you and your body.
Postnatal mat Pilates can also be a great way of getting active again if you are struggling to make it into the studio. With a well trained instructor you can do this online or in person.