The post-natal period can last from about 6-weeks after the baby’s birth to 9 or even 12 months. It is a crucial recovery period for mothers. Although you may be eager to start an exercise programme after the birth of your baby, it is highly recommended that you give yourself a little time to recover from the birth. For a vaginal birth, with little or no interventions, it is safe to start a post-natal Pilates programme after 6 weeks. If you’ve had a caesarean section or a complicated birth, it is recommended to wait 12 weeks before starting post-natal Pilates. In both cases, you should let your medical practitioner be aware that you intend to start a post-natal Pilates (or any other exercise) programme.
You may no longer have a big bump to contend with, but this means that almost overnight, your body’s centre of gravity has shifted. Your posture will respond and adapt. In addition, you will still have ligamentous laxity, and if you choose to breastfeed, this will present for longer. Your movement in post-natal Pilates will be controlled, and especially in the earlier days, focus on spinal and pelvic stability exercises.
Caring for a baby also comes with lots of bending, carrying and twisting – all which can put significant strain on your joints. Feeding (breast and bottle) will also affect the neck, shoulder and upper back and your lower body too as you will be sitting for long periods of time.
Exercises are included that open up the upper body helping to release tension. But, we will also be building strength throughout the body.
Post-Natal classes are kept small – no more than 6 – and babies are welcome to attend. Do bring blankets, cuddly toys, feeding equipment, etc…to the class. Breast feeding mothers are welcome.
Day(s) and Time
Fridays @ 10.30am – 11.30am
Classes are £54 for a block of 6 and you are given an 8 week window to use those classes.
101 Rosamond Road, Bedford, MK40 3UQ