Pregnancy & Post Natal Pilates
Are you a new mama or mama-to-be looking for safe and effective exercise options?
My pre and postnatal Pilates classes in Rutland are designed specifically for you and your changing body.
During pregnancy, Pilates can help you stay active, improve posture, and strengthen your core muscles to support your growing baby. I will guide you through gentle yet challenging exercises that are tailored to your unique needs, ensuring
a safe and comfortable workout.
After childbirth, Pilates can aid in the recovery process, helping you regain strength and stability while addressing
common postpartum concerns such as diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction. My classes focus on rebuilding core strength, enhancing flexibility, and promoting overall well-being.
Whether you're a first-time mum or have multiple children, my pre and postnatal Pilates classes
will help you navigate this special time in your life with confidence, strength, and grace.
Becoming a mum is an extraordinary and challenging chapter in life, and I firmly believe that Pilates is a valuable tool for preparing for delivery and recovering afterward.
As a Pilates practitioner before, during, and after two pregnancies, I am passionate about sharing the numerous benefits it brings to new and expectant mothers.
During my first pregnancy, I seamlessly continued my Pilates practice, making necessary adaptations. I felt incredibly strong throughout, even while battling morning sickness until 20 weeks.
Pilates played a pivotal role in my postnatal recovery, alleviating aches and pains from lifting, carrying, and nursing my 9lb baby.
By focusing on my pelvic floor and abdominal muscles, I was able to recover from a 2nd degree tear and even embarked on a plane to Cyprus (the joys of army life!) when my son was just 2 weeks old.
Pilates has been my lifeline during sleepless nights and has empowered me to embrace the journey of motherhood. It has enabled me to run around with my boys without fear of back pain or that I’m going to wee myself!
Pilates has been a constant companion through various seasons of my life and will continue to be a fundamental part of my lifestyle.
Join me on this transformative journey and discover the incredible benefits of Pilates for yourself.
Why should I do Pregnancy Pilates?
Pilates is a powerful practice for improving posture as your body undergoes the changes of pregnancy, boosting your confidence and aligning your body to handle the demands of nurturing a baby.
By strengthening your lower body, Pilates helps you manage the increasing weight of your bump, allowing you to move effortlessly and reducing back and hip discomfort.
The focus on pelvic floor and abdominal strength supports your growing bump, promoting a stronger pregnancy experience, providing essential tools for labour, and aiding in postnatal recovery.
Pilates also releases tension in the upper body, enhancing mobility and reducing aches and pains.
My classes teach breathing techniques and visualisations for labour, empowering and instilling confidence for when the magical moment of giving birth arrives.
The mind-body connection in Pilates cultivates a calm mind and relaxed body, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after each class.
As you approach the end of your pregnancy, I will provide valuable tips and tools for your postnatal journey, ensuring a faster recovery and helping you feel amazing throughout the process.
Join us on this transformative path to embrace the full potential of Pilates during and after pregnancy.
How can Pilates help me after I have my baby?
Pilates has an incredible impact on strengthening the pelvic floor and abdominals after childbirth. Whether you've had a C-section or vaginal birth, prioritising these areas will provide crucial support for your body as you navigate the demands of newborn life, reduce back pain, and embrace the challenges of being a mum.
My program specifically targets abdominal separation, helping you regain strength, alleviate back pain, and avoid a lingering "mum tum."
Considering the forward-leaning positions and repetitive lifting involved in caring for your baby, I teach techniques to release upper body tension and implement movements that strengthen your upper body. This ensures you feel fantastic and remain free from aches and pains.
Pilates encompasses full-body strengthening from the inside out. I focus on glute and lower body strength, recognising the significant time you'll spend on your feet. By establishing a robust and stable lower body, you'll be well-prepared for the lifting and carrying that comes with caring for your baby and all their precious belongings.
Pilates is more than a physical exercise; it's a mindful movement practice. After giving birth, you'll become reacquainted with your body. I encourage you to listen to your body, become aware of the origin of movement, and pay attention to how it feels. This process enhances your body awareness and empowers you to move with confidence, knowing that you're strengthening yourself from the inside out in the most effective way possible.
In addition to the physical benefits, Pilates improves posture, mobility, and flexibility.
After each class, you'll leave feeling refreshed, relaxed, and re-energised, ready to tackle the day ahead with renewed vitality. Join us on this transformative journey to rebuild your strength, nurture your body, and embrace the joys of motherhood.
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" I would absolutely recommend In Balance Pilates. Michelle is so knowledgeable, professional and makes you feel welcome and at ease from the minute you meet her.
I have just completed the 6 week Pregnancy Course and the exercises were gentle yet effective and Michelle was always so aware of checking I was comfortable and performing each move correctly to get the most out of it.
It is a really nice thing to do in Pregnancy and I would recommend it to anyone."
"Michelle is a truly wonderful Pilates teacher.
Her classes are filled with the right balance of progressive and challenging moves, hands on support to get the most out of each class and a friendly community feel.
I have loved attending the Mum & Baby class which has helped be rebuild my strength after birth as well as enjoy some yummy cake and chat."