Pregnancy & Post Natal Pilates
Pregnancy and Post Natal Pilates takes place in Herne Hill SE24.
I have been teaching pregnancy and post natal classes and individual sessions for over 15 years, having gained a specialist teaching qualification in Ante & Post Natal exercise instruction. Pilates offers many benefits during and after pregnancy and the programmes are designed specifically for each of the three trimesters and up to twelve months after the birth of your baby.
During Pregnancy and the Post Natal time, the focus will be on:
Good posture and alignment.
Pelvic floor exercises.
Lateral, thoracic breathing exercises to help release tension.
Stabilising deep abdominal work to support the back, pelvis and hips.
Mobilisation of the spine.
During this time, the aim is to maintain your existing fitness levels and adapt the exercises to support hormonal and postural changes during each of the three trimesters, avoiding exercises that may cause Pelvic Girdle Pain or Diastasis Recti (tummy gapping), in the post natal period.
“I was looking for a way to stay in shape during pregnancy and I love Karen’s class. I joined in my second trimester and have definitely noticed the difference when it comes to my posture, which in turn has had huge benefits for my back (which doesn’t hurt as much as many of my friends who don’t practice pilates!) I also sleep like a baby after a class so it’s certainly helped relax me too!”
Post Natal Pilates
During the post natal period the aim is to regain pre-pregnancy fitness levels, with the consideration that the post natal period can last up to 12 months after the birth of your baby. Adaptations to exercise are therefore required to enable a safe and effective recovery from the demands of pregnancy and childbirth.
“Karen is an amazing teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable, calm, focused and encouraging. Without me even noticing the hard work she has helped me find strength and tone in my body that I didn't think possible after the birth of my second child.”