Are you keen to get back to exercise after having your baby?
Congratulations! The hard work is done. You’ve got through pregnancy and labour and you’re now ready to get back to exercise. But wait! Is it too early to start? How do you know if it is safe for you? Are you concerned about abdominal muscle separation? Who’s going to look after your baby while you exercise? What if you leak urine? And where, oh where, are you going to find the time and energy to do it?
Would you like to feel stronger and more energized to help you cope with the demands of life with a newborn? Wouldn’t it be great to do something for yourself and remind yourself that you are a human being in your own right rather than just someone’s Mummy?! Are you keen to have protected time each week to prioritise yourself and meet others in a welcoming and friendly class environment? Wouldn’t it be really useful to know for sure that your body is healing as expected and you are doing the right things to protect yourself before returning to your usual exercise regime?
How pilates can help
Attending physio-led postnatal pilates classes gives you time to focus on your recovery post childbirth and can help with stress and anxiety management by improving your mood and your sleep. Your body has gone through a huge event and needs time and guided exercise to promote healing and recovery.
No matter whether you have had a vaginal delivery or a Caesarean section, your pelvic floor has been under stress throughout your pregnancy and it needs specific attention to restore strength and prevent problems such as incontinence or prolapse. Your abdominal muscles will be stretched. We know that up to 100% of women experience some abdominal muscle separation and while this does not automatically lead to problems, postnatal pilates will encourage you to strengthen these key areas and help you get into a regular routine of low impact exercise.
The classes I run include education about pelvic floor problems and abdominal separation, mobility and strengthening exercises and discussion about how and when it is appropriate to return to higher impact exercise after having a baby. All of this is based on current guidelines.
Why should you work with me?
With 20 years experience as a physiotherapist and postgraduate training in antenatal and postnatal exercise, my pilates classes are planned with a detailed underlying knowledge of the human body and the changes which have occurred during pregnancy and childbirth. Having tried to get back to high level of fitness after my own pregnancies, I know how hard it can be to find the time amongst the chaos of life with a newborn, let alone finding the energy! You are very welcome to bring your baby who can lie next to you, stay in their pram or car seat or be looked after by a small team of volunteers from St Leonard’s Church congregation. Your baby will be in sight at all times and we do not mind noise!