It goes without saying that the body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy – it’s like a 9 month training programme in itself! You’re carrying extra weight, your heart must work harder, your body experiences new aches and pains associated with your growing body, and sometimes the mental stress and anxiety can take a toll.
All this means that maintaining your strength and fitness is important – it helps your body to cope with these changes. More specifically, Pregnancy Pilates addresses the postural changes that occur – strengthening your abdominal muscles and improving your posture can reduce back and pelvic pain, help to prepare your body for labour and even influence the position of your baby when they are born. Finally, Pilates can help you to maintain a strong pelvic floor, reducing incontinence after childbirth.
On top of the physical benefits, Pregnancy Pilates uses focused breathing and mindfulness, which have been shown to improve mental health by reducing stress, decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression, improving mood and promoting relaxation.
The best part of all? It's a great way to meet other Mums and mums-to-be!
Pilates by Josie offers Group and 1-1 Pregnancy Pilates classes in the Birmingham area which focus predominantly on the pelvic floor, core strength and movement of the pelvis, as well as keeping the spine mobile and aiming to prevent back pain.
Josie's classes are suitable for any stage of pregnancy and any level of fitness. All mat exercises are done sitting down, side lying, kneeling and standing - sometimes using bands and small towels. The exercises are carefully put together to safely work on strength and flexibility. All you need to bring is your own exercise mat, towel and a bottle of water!
If 1-1 classes are more to your taste, Josie offers both prenatal and postnatal sessions. Private sessions are great for helping with specific prenatal issues like Diastasis Recti, back pain, pelvic girdle pain and for if you have a complicated situation that you'd like to go through privately or with the support of a friend. These sessions also support Mums struggling with childcare, as they you are welcome to bring your newborn. Postnatal Pilates can be started as soon as you get the all clear from your doctor to start light exercise at the 6 week check-up.