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  • Pilates for Pregnancy: Preparing for Childbirth and Postpartum Recovery

    Pilates is a popular form of exercise that can provide numerous benefits to pregnant women. It is no doubt that you will have a pregnant client at some point in your classes and it is important to know how to safely instruct them.

    Pilates can help prepare the body for childbirth, improve postpartum recovery, and alleviate some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy so pregnancy and postpartum pilates classes are a great and popular offering in the community where you will often find waiting lists to attend.


    Here are some ways Pilates can benefit pregnant women:

    1. Strengthening the pelvic floor: Pilates exercises focus on the core muscles, including the pelvic floor. Strengthening these muscles can help prevent urinary incontinence during and after pregnancy.
    2. Improving posture: Pregnancy can cause a shift in a woman’s centre of gravity, leading to poor posture and back pain. Pilates can help improve posture by strengthening the core muscles and realigning the spine.
    3. Enhancing flexibility: As the baby grows, the mother’s body undergoes numerous changes, leading to decreased flexibility. Pilates exercises can help improve flexibility and range of motion.
    4. Reducing stress: Pregnancy can be stressful, and Pilates can be a great way to alleviate some of that stress. The exercises can help increase endorphins, which can improve mood and reduce anxiety.
    5. Preparing for childbirth: Pilates exercises can help prepare the body for childbirth by strengthening the muscles used during delivery.
    6. Speeding up postpartum recovery: Pilates can help speed up postpartum recovery by strengthening the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which can help with healing after delivery.

    However, it’s important for pregnant women to consult with their healthcare provider before starting any exercise programme, including Pilates, they should have had their 6 week sign off from the doctor also after the birth. It’s also important to become a qualified Pilates instructor in this area to ensure you are insured and safe to offer this class.

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