Enjoy a healthy pregnancy, an easier labour and a quick recovery with ante-natal and post-natal Pilates at The Perth Pilates Studio. Our instructors have all undergone extensive training in applying the Pilates method for pregnancy.
Not all class types are suitable during pregnancy so please read through the following guidelines to assist you in class selection. Feel free to contact the studio directly (9227 6641 or [email protected]) if you need additional advice or assistance.
Pre and Post-Natal Pilates
Specialised pre-natal Pilates programs can help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy, easier labour and a quick post-natal recovery. However, general group Pilates programs designed for the non-pregnant person aren't appropriate. This is because standard Pilates lessons incorporate a lot of abdominal work and also time spent lying on your back. This can promote abdominal separation and/or can interfere with blood flow to your baby. For this reason, from your second trimester on, we don't recommend general group Pilates Mat or Reformer classes.
We suggest you either take part in our specialized Pregnancy Pilates Mat Class (Saturdays at 11am), our Pregnancy Reformer Class (Tuesdays at 4pm) or attend private or semi-private studio lessons, which can be personalised specifically to you and your body. These lessons will help you tone and strengthen your thighs, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles before and after childbirth. They can be continued right up until the birth of your baby.
After delivery you can return to private or semi-private lessons at approximately 6 weeks post-natal. For group reformer or mat Pilates classes, we recommend waiting 12 weeks after delivery. These same recommendations apply if you've had a delivery by caesarian section. However, if you have any complications affecting your post-natal recovery please check with your doctor for more specific advice.
We also offer a complimentary post-natal check for abdominal muscle separation which is highly recommended before you commence or return to group classes. Contact reception to make an appointment for this. If commencing private or semi-private lessons we will be able to check for abdominal muscle separation in your first class so a separate post-natal check is not required.
Power Plate lessons are not currently recommended during pregnancy (simply because there has not been any research done into the effects of vibration training on your baby). However, they are fantastic for post-natal recovery. The Power Plate gives new mums a highly efficient full body workout in just 30 minutes....perfect when you're pressed for time. New babies are welcome to accompany you during off peak times (9:30am-2:30pm Mon-Fri).
Barre is a dance based conditioning workout which can be attended throughout pregnancy. You can restart lessons from 12 weeks after delivery if you've had a straightforward post-natal recovery. Please let your instructor know if you're pregnant or have recently had a baby so they can provide appropriate modifications.
As for our Pilates clients, we offer a complimentary post-natal check for abdominal muscle separation for Barre students. This is highly recommended before you return to or commence classes. Please contact reception to make an appointment (9227 6641 or [email protected]).