Pilates classes keep you fit during your pregnancy and target key muscles that will help you make delivery easier.

Pilates classes will help you strengthening your tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles.

Exercising during pregnancy is important for maintaining muscle strength and preventing musculoskeletal problems. Pilates is now a mainstream form of exercise recommended by doctors, physiotherapists and physical therapists all over the world.

Pilates exercises and workouts will help you overcome and prevent some of the problems of pregnancy such as poor circulation, postural imbalances or back ache.

Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits and because of the gentle nature of many of the exercises in Pilates, it is increasingly being sought by mothers during and after pregnancy.

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During the pregnancy, your body will change not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Pilates will help you to do all the exercises that you need to do during your pregnancy in a healthy and enjoyable way. In particular, many of the Pilates exercises can be performed on the side or while sitting, and hence are safe during the second and third trimesters.

Reduce back pain during pregnancy

During pregnancy, biomechanical changes take place due to the changes in hormones, ligaments begin to soften, leading to loss of stability in certain joints, resulting in poor posture, back pain and in some cases urinary incontinence. A recent study suggested the incidence of back pain in pregnancy is over 68%. Regular Pilates prenatal classes can help prevent or reduce problems associated with changes during pregnancy.

Improve breathing and relaxation

Improving breathing is one of the fundamental principles of Pilates and can help the mother relax and open up the chest wall wider to give more space for the growing baby.

Strengthens abdominal muscles

Pilates puts importance on abdominal muscles which undergo a great amount of stretching during pregnancy. Pilates prenatal classes put emphasis on activating and strengthening the deep postural muscles.

When should i start?

Before joining a Pilates prenatal class or one-on-one session consult your medical practitioner first. In any event it is advisable to wait until after your first scan (between twelve and fourteen weeks) before starting a prenatal class.

IMPORTANT: Its important to check that the Pilates instructor has recognized qualifications to take prenatal Pilates classes. In any event you should inform your Pilates instructor that you are pregnant.

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Postnatal Pilates sessions help new mothers to rebuild their core strength and pelvic floor, and help recover the way it was before becoming a mother. Pilates classes focus on dealing with issues which may have arisen during pregnancy and labor, in particular, it targets the weakened and stretched abdominal muscles known as the pelvic floor.

Pelvic floor

Pilates teaches women to reconnect and strengthen pelvic floor muscles helping improve posture, core strength and stability. After birth, the pelvic floor muscles can be retrained. postnatal Pilates exercises will identify, isolate and retrain your pelvic floor muscles. These exercises also help deal with post-natal issues such as stress, incontinence and other problems that may have arisen such as a prolapse.

Postural stress relief

Pilates workouts are also useful for the postural stress caused by breast-feeding and carrying around the new member of the family.

When should i start?

You can return to your Pilates workout once you've had a six week health check from your doctor.

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