Physiotherapist-led Pregnancy Pilates

Exercising regularly during pregnancy to maintain or even improve your fitness has huge benefits for both you and your baby. Our physio-led pregnancy Pilates classes, with their focus on the pelvic floor muscles, posture, core strength and pelvic stability, are a great way to help your body cope with the physical changes of pregnancy and build strength for the demands to come.

After your first trimester, it’s important that you attend a specialist prenatal Pilates class because the exercises need to be specially modified during pregnancy but you continue to practice right up until the birth of your baby.

Our pregnancy Pilates classes are available as 1:1 private sessions (in person at the studio or online), through our live streamed, online group prenatal Pilates class or via our on-demand video library. They are taught by physiotherapists specialising in Women’s Health, who have been clinically trained to teach both antenatal and postnatal Pilates.

We strongly recommend a private session before starting our online group class to make sure it’s safe for you and to ensure you are working your pelvic floor correctly (as often women aren’t!). We’ll assess your posture and go through some key moves, so that you are familiar with the basics and get the most out of your Pilates classes. As part of your session, we’ll send you the key exercises with video links so that you can practice safely at home inbetween classes.

What is a physio-led prenatal Pilates class like?

Our physiotherapists will only teach Pilates exercises which are safe for you and your baby in a pregnancy class. The pace is less intense than a standard Pilates class and the classes are designed around a developing pregnancy, with modifications for different trimesters, so you can work at a level and pace which is comfortable and safe for you.

You can start as early in your pregnancy as you like but if you are in your third trimester and have not attended classes before, please contact us before starting a trial of our online classes or using our on-demand videos to check that it’s safe for you.

What are the benefits of antenatal Pilates?

Regular pregnancy Pilates practice reduces the risk of pelvic girdle pain and low back pain, helps you recover faster postnatally and the health benefits of exercise are also passed onto your baby.

In one of our pregnancy Pilates classes, you’ll learn a lot about your own body and how it moves. We’ll teach you different ways to activate your pelvic floor muscles and how to manage the changes in your alignment and posture to prevent pain. You’ll learn exercises to keep your spine moving comfortably, how to strengthen and support your growing bump and movements with a focus on balance and pelvic stability.

Some of the benefits of an Antenatal Pilates class include:

  • Strengthening your pelvic floor, abdominal, buttock and back muscles to support your baby as it grows
  • Maintaining spinal flexibility without straining your joints
  • Better body awareness, posture and balance
  • Learning how to relax and control your breathing in preparation for labour

Book a pregnancy Physio-led Pilates class in Cambridge

Call us on 01223 914415 for more information or book online for one of our group classes

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