Pregnancy Pilates, St Ives
Classes run by:
Jessica Findlay - Senior Women's Health Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor
What is Pilates?
Pilates is one of the safest forms of exercise and involves strength and postural control exercises designed to improve the function of the human body. Clinical Pilates is provided by a Physiotherapist who has trained in teaching pilates and therefore can apply specific exercises to suit different conditions. Clinical Pilates can utilise different equipment such a reformer, weights and swiss balls to provide targeted exercise and movement. There are many benefits to Pilates, learning body awareness, strength, control and flexibility.
Research has shown that exercise during pregnancy, can improve post-partum recovery time and reduce the amount of abdominal separation.
How can Pilates help me in pregnancy?
Your stomach and pelvic floor muscles are put under increasing strain as your baby grows bigger. At the same time, the hormone relaxin is making the tough tissues that connect your bones (ligaments) more pliable. Keeping specific muscles strong and flexible will help prevent any excess strain on structures that are changing or lengthening. Therefore reducing risk of pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.
Upper limb strength is very important to incorporate during pregnancy, it will prepare you for all the baby lifting you will have to do once your baby arrives.
Pilates and The Pelvic Floor
Pelvic floor muscles are an important part of function to maintain urinary continence. Knowing how to turn them on and maintaining sufficient strength (depending on the demand required) is essential. However not all pelvic floors are the same. There are some women who have over-active pelvic floor muscles, i.e muscles that are too good at contracting or muscles that have difficulty in relaxing. Therefore specific pelvic floor strengthening exercises will not be given in your classes, but rather awareness of your pelvic floor.
If you need a pelvic floor assessment, or more information you can book in with our Women's Health physiotherapist to ensure you are doing the correct exercises for your pelvic floor.