Pre & Post Natal Pilates is a form of exercise tailored to prepare the mind & body before birth and to repair the body & focus the mind after birth.
Pre Natal Pilates:
Firstly, pregnancy is not a time to try and loose weight with exercise, you should focus on achieving a fitness level that benefits you and your baby the most. Our instructors are trained to consider the mother’s (to be) physical, mental and emotional circumstance, and help to realign and strengthen the body for successful birthing, plus focusing the mind. Pre Natal Pilates sessions are there to encourage the clients to take control of their health and become confident with the birthing process. The entire process from pre to post natal Pilates will give mothers the power to trust their body & mind’s capabilities.
Not to forget that you are also helping towards a reduced risk of childhood obesity and other diseases. There has been a noted reduction in the occurrence of ‘gestational diabetes’ in women who avoid tobacco, exercise regularly, eat well, or had a normal BMI whilst pregnant. So there are other factors involved in improving the well being of yourself and your child during pregnancy, other than the work of Pilates. Results have shown that maternal health (practicing all of the above) during pregnancy has a significant impact on the health of your child.
Life has already begun for the baby fetus. Your child already has a view from the womb of what their mother’s health and lifestyle is like. Our mother’s aren’t wrong when they claim their pregnancy is the reason we might like a particular food. It has been proven that diet during pregnancy influences the taste preferences of the fetus. If you are clear and strong in your mind, body, and lifestyle during pregnancy, this will reflect directly on to your newborn. You have an amazing opportunity to control certain aspects of your birthing process and within your child.
Post Natal Pilates
Mothers tend to return for sessions for each pregnancy there after due to the benefits they’ve felt. Every one is different and every pregnancy is different, even if you relied on Pilates during the first pregnancy doesn’t mean it will be the same or easier for the second, third time etc. It is important to be seeking advise and regular checks with specialists during the Pilates regime.
However, the most important thing to note during post natal Pilates workouts is not to be too hard on yourself, if you saw results during the pre natal Pilates and feel it is taking a lot longer to feel change/strenght within your body, just remember you’ve just had a baby and your body needs time to recover!
‘Post-partum is one of the most important periods in a woman’s life’. Physically your body has undergone a huge amount of change in such a short period of time. Let alone how you might be feeling mentally or emotionally. Take time with the post natal process. You will go through the same type of training to strengthen and realign the body, strengthen the pelvic floor & abdominals, focus on the mind and breath to maintain balanced hormone levels, and re-energise the mind & body.
It is crucial to still be aware of your health and lifestyle after birth. You children are constantly learning and observing from the moment they are welcomed in to the world. At the end of the day, the most important things in life is our families and our mental & physical health.