Postnatal Pilates class
Postnatally the pelvic floor is weak and injured and needs to be retrained. High-impact activities such as running are associated with a rise in intra-abdominal pressure increasing the force through the pelvic floor. Highlighting the importance of the strength and speed of contraction in the pelvic floor.
It is therefore advisable that Low impact activity prior to 3 months postnatally should be undertaken and return to running and more high impact activities between 3-6 months postnatally as long as you are not experiencing any incontinence, heaviness or bleeding.
It is important that the muscles are are correctly strengthened in order to avoid injury. During pregnancy the abdominal muscles are stretched considerably and split down the middle leaving a gap (Diastasis Rectus Abdominis), this gap should gradually comes back together postnatally and is helped along by specifically strengthening the deep core muscles which we work on in Pilates. It is important to avoid heavy abdominal exercises such as sit ups as this can cause an abdominal hernia.
Postnatal Pilates is specifically designed to improve your pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscle strength after giving birth as well as working on the bigger muscle groups you need to get back your pre pregnancy fitness levels.
The sessions are suitable for anyone 6 weeks postnatally and babies are welcome until they are on the move! If you have any musculoskeletal pain (eg. Back pain), or other pregnancy related problems it is advised that you have a 1:1 physiotherapy/ Pilates session before commencing the class, this can be booked by following this link.
The next course will be:
Tues 3rd Sept – 8th October
£60 for 6 sessions
There will be time tea and coffee afterwards and a chat with the other mums.