Pilates is hugely beneficial during pregnancy and you can usually continue attending a normal Pilates class during the first trimester if you have already been doing Pilates. After approximately 20 weeks of pregnancy it is more beneficial to attend a specific pre-natal/Pregnancy Pilates class because you may not be able to do a lot of the exercises in a regular Pilates class such as lying on your stomach or back for long periods.
Benefits and focus of a Pregnancy Pilates class:
Relieves back pain
Strengthens shoulder girdle and trunk
Helps maintain good posture and alignment
Improves pelvic floor function
Gentle stretches to relieve common aches and pains in pregnancy
Gets your body ready for your birth
Pilates is an excellent way to get back in shape after having a baby. Your body has undergone a huge amount of physical strain & transformation; Pilates can help your body through gently strengthening the bodies’ core muscles while improving your general sense of well-being. Pilates classes are low impact, they involve stretching & strengthening the whole body with focused breathing that will help regain your bodies muscle balance. A beginners or gentle Pilates class is suitable once you have been told by your doctor you can return to exercise.
I am not currently teaching any group Pregnancy classes, I do offer private 1:1, 2:1 Pre/Post-natal Pregnancy sessions. For more info please see classes and prices.