Mums & Bubs Pilates is the Answer!
Five ways Post-Natal Pilates can help your recovery and return to fitness after having your baby!
1. After your baby is born, many women feel pressured to lose weight and get their “pre-baby body” back as soon as possible. It is important that you first help your body recover from the child bearing and child birth process. The post-natal Pilates classes include exercises specific to your body changes and progress as you recover and improve assisting your return to previous activities and your role as a Mum!
2. Abdominal separation during pregnancy is normal occurrence which can recovers well with time and the correct exercises. Often mum’s turn to sit ups and crunches to improve their abdominals – however this can make the separation worse, Pilates offers a safe way to strengthen your abdominals and reduce your separation in a supervised class
3. Every mum has a “jelly belly” after giving birth. This is due to the stretch your abdominal muscles sustain to accommodate your growing baby during pregnancy. This stretch happens over nine months and when the baby is no longer inside to provide support the muscles feel loose and stretched. Relax, this will improve! Pilates is a great way to introduce exercise to these muscles assisting their recovery, without putting additional strain on them as they heal.
4. Optimal pelvic floor recovery after your pregnancy and delivery is key to preventing (or stopping!) bladder leakage and prolapse. We aim to achieve this in the classes by individualising pelvic floor training and progressing your pelvic floor strength with Pilates exercises.
5. Support from a Women’s Health Physiotherapist and a group of mums who understand what you are going through!
For more information about your pelvic floor, pregnancy, pilates, bladder control and prolapse see our other blogs for more details.
Book an appointment today to see when you can start Mums & Bubs!
Jane Rothe, Women’s Health Senior Physiotherapist myPhysioSA North Adelaide and Mt Barker