Let’s begin at the beginning: if you’re planning to get pregnant there is no doubt that physical fitness will enhance your overall health and your chances for conception. So whether it’s Pilates you choose, or another approach to fitness, it’s a good idea to start straight away.

Our approach

All of our teachers are trained in teaching during pregnancy, and we follow the national guidelines that recommend you do not begin a new exercise regime in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, if you have been attending Mat classes regularly and you discover that you’re pregnant there is no reason not to carry on, at least for the first trimester and some of the second. At this point there may be too many exercises in the class that involve positions that are awkward or uncomfortable.

Studio classes

Our recommendation in the case of taking up Pilates once you find your pregnant (after 12 weeks) is to join our Studio classes. We make the same recommendation if you’ve been doing Mat classes but find that they’re no longer suitable.

The beauty of Studio classes is that the apparatus makes them endlessly adaptable. You will always be following your own specific programme of exercises and this can be adjusted throughout the course of your pregnancy. We have had a number of Mums-to-be still coming to class in their 38th, 39th and even 40th week!

Pregnancy is not an illness!

There are an increasing number of precautions that are recommended during pregnancy. The well-being of Mum and baby have to be paramount and, at the same time, we recognise that pregnancy can sometimes seem to be treated like a health problem instead of a natural state. We are committed to supporting Mums-to-be to feel empowered, strong and healthy. We won’t push you but you can be sure that we won’t treat you like an invalid, either.

If you have any questions about Pilates during pregnancy please don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@pilatesinmotion.org