Pre Natal Pilates
Did you know that Pilates is wonderful to do while you are pregnant?
Exercising is very important to do during pregnancy and Pilates is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise during this time as it helps you to:
Maintain your general fitness and strength – you will need it for the labor and also looking after your baby - carrying your baby and lifting prams takes a lot strength.
Prevent stiffness, aches and pains, such as back and pelvic pain, keeping you more mobile
Strengthen your pelvic floor and deep core abdominal muscles which help in your recovery post pregnancy.
Improve your posture, which changes a lot throughout the pregnancy.
At Progressive Pilates Central Coast the Pre Natal Pilates sessions are done using the Pilates Reformer, Pilates Wunda Chair, Pilates wall springs, and other small equipment.
It is very important that specific pregnancy exercises are conducted once becoming pregnant to avoid any problems.
From 13 weeks pregnant to birth of baby lots of mat-based exercises need to be avoided for the following reasons:
Avoid- Abdominal exercises that require flexion of the spine as this can cause a separation in the abdominal muscles (Diastasis recti).
Avoid- Inner Thigh work. The adductor muscles are attached to the pubic bone. Inner thigh work can cause pain and inflammation in this area. Making pregnant women very uncomfortable.
Avoid- lying pregnant women on their stomachs. As the baby grows this becomes very uncomfortable.
Avoid- lying pregnant women on their backs. The baby’s weight pushing on the mother's organs can make them very dizzy and they can lose breathe and faint.
During pregnancy, every woman is different, and to be safe all my Pregnancy Pilates classes are held as private sessions to make sure it is specifically targeted to the pregnant mother's individual needs. I run either 1/2hr or 1hr Private sessions.
How do I book?
All bookings and payments need to be done online on the following links. It will state on my online calendar the times and days that I am available each week.