Are you pregnant and keen to exercise safely?
Do you find it frustrating when you can’t find clear advice about what you can do at each stage of pregnancy without causing harm to you or your baby? Googling safe exercise in pregnancy sometimes leads to more confusion so you can end up doing less. Are you worried that you are already beginning to experience a few aches and pains and you’ve got a long way to go yet? It’s hard to find the time and energy to plan and commit to an exercise regime when you’re so busy at work and there’s so much to do before your baby arrives.
Would you like to adopt a healthier lifestyle and be as strong and as fit as possible to prepare for birth? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit more energy and experience that “pregnancy glow“ that you’ve read about but are still waiting for? Are you keen to have protected time each week to prioritise yourself and meet others in a welcoming and friendly class environment? It would be great to learn which exercises could help you manage or prevent pregnancy related pains and make it easier to do things you used to take for granted like turning over in bed pain free!
How can pilates help?
Attending physio-led pregnancy pilates classes gives you time to enjoy your pregnancy and connect with your baby. It allows you to focus on yourself and can help with stress and anxiety management by improving your mood and your sleep. Research has shown that there are many physical benefits from exercising in pregnancy. For example, it can help prevent diabetes, reduce high blood pressure problems, control weight gain and improve your general fitness. Your changing posture can cause pregnancy related aches and pains and you may have also developed a sudden interest in your pelvic floor muscles!
The classes I run include strengthening, mobility and balance exercises with the specific aims of improving posture, reducing strain on the low back and maintaining continence in order to prepare for birth and the physical challenges of dealing with a newborn baby.
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 occur during pregnancy. Having experienced pelvic pain during both my pregnancies, I know how scary and annoying it can be, especially when you are trying to get as fit as possible for birth. I keep in mind the typical pregnancy related pains that I myself and my patients have experienced and plan the classes accordingly to try and reduce or prevent these aches and pains which can have a huge physical and emotional impact on you.
Mondays 6.40 - 7.20pm Vine Conference Centre, Dunfermline
On hold until after the coronavirus pandemic
Likely to re-start in Phase 4 dependant on room hire availability and government advice