Pilates for Pregnancy

Pilates is frequently recommended during and after pregnancy. The benefits of Pilates are obvious when you consider what happens to the body during pregnancy.

Did you know that up to 80% of expectant mothers will have back pain during pregnancy and 25% will have pelvic girdle pain. As hormonal changes occur in the body throughout pregnancy the ligaments soften and the increase weight gained through the growth of the baby can cause extra strain on all joints within the body, but particularly in the low back, thoracic spine, Sacroiliac and hip joints. 

The changes can cause pain from stretched ligaments, misaligned joints, swelling, overworked muscles and pressure on neural tissue, causing a number of painful issues as shown opposite.

Ante Natal (Pregnancy) Pilates

Research shows that there are huge benefits to safe exercise throughout the course of pregnancy, and ante-natal pilates fit the bill nicely. The benefits include;

  • Helping the body to adapt to changes within the body
  • Leading to shorter labour, as the body is better prepared
  • Less birth complications
  • Quicker recovery after delivery
  • Reduction in the intensity of general aches and pains associated with pregnancy
  • Reduction in the number of days sick leave needed associated with back and pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy.
  • Reduction in stress incontinence in later years by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles
  • Reduction in  pelvic and back pain by strengthening the core
  • Improved posture so the baby is held better within the pelvic girdle and spine is held in better alignment
  • Improved cardiovascular fitness
  • Feeling more energised and get better sleep
  • Making new friends and share your pregnancy experience

Only 15% of pregnant women undertake the recommended level of exercise throughout their pregnancy. Our  pregnancy  Pilates classses are instructed by Chartered Physiotherapists, so excellent tuition and good pregnancy advice is guaranteed.

Throughout our Ante-Natal or pregnancy Pilates programme we aim to educate new mums-to-be  to ensure they are exercising safely and correctly during and after pregnancy.

Exercise is good for you, and good for your baby!ante-natal pilates rotation

These pilates classes will be held in the Kilkenny Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic Pilates Studio in Kilkenny City, and at times in Core Clinic, Clontubrid, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny.

Expectant mums are welcome to join after 12 weeks, but if you are actively enjoying pilates when you become pregnant, you may continue pilates in an ante-natal class.

Our classes run in 5 week blocks and you can join at any stage.

To Book Ante Natal Pilates

Post Natal Pilates

Post natal pilates is an excellent way to get back in shape after pregnancy. You are welcome to bring your new baby along to our post natal classes on a Tuesday and Friday morning.

 WHY do Post natal Pilates?
  • Exercise safely with Excellent Instruction
  • Help the body recover from changes  during pregnancy
  • Reduce the risk of stress incontinence by strengthening your pelvic floor muscles
  • Improve your posture and regain alignment of the spine and pelvis by strengthening your Core Abdominal muscles
  • Reduce back pain caused by changes during pregnancy
  • Flatten your tummy after pregnancy
  • Improve energy levels and help your body and mind relax
  • Make new friends and share your pregnancy experiences
  • Help bond with baby while taking some time out for yourself

Our Post Natal Pilates Instructors are all Chartered Physiotherapists so excellent tuition and good advice is guaranteed

To Book Post Natal Pilates

When can I start Pilates after a cesarean section?

Pilates can be started 9 weeks after a cesarian section providing your doctor has said it is alright

When can I start Pilates after birth?

If you have had a non eventful pregnancy, and a normal birth it is safe to begin pilates as early as 4 weeks after your baby is born

For Further Pregnancy Information https://www.antenatalonline.ie/

To Book Ante or Post Natal Pilates Classes