Prenatal / Birthing Skills

Pilates Classes designed by Physios with you & your unborn baby in mind

 Pilates during pregnancy, when practiced under the guidance of Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors who specialise in Women’s and Pelvic Health, is widely endorsed by Obstetricians due to its many benefits.

At Central Coast Physiolates, our Prenatal Pilates classes are gentle, strengthening, toning, informative and fun. Class numbers are small (max 8) and you will be closely monitored and guided by your accredited Pilates instructor throughout your session in a nurturing and supportive environment.

You will learn:

  • How to discover and strengthen your pelvic floor and other deep pelvic muscles to support your changing body and bladder during pregnancy and beyond.
  • Leg and buttock strengthening and firming exercises.
  • Gentle stretching and mobility techniques.
  • Relaxation techniques for your wellbeing and the wellbeing of your unborn baby.
  • Birthing skills, including breathing techniques and active labouring postures that put you in control.

The benefits of doing Pilates while pregnant

  • Improved fitness and muscle tone.
  • Increased chance of an easier delivery and faster recovery time.
  • Lower risk of back and pelvic pain (or relief for those who suffer with these common issues during pregnancy).
  • Stronger pelvic floor so less chance of bladder leakage pre and post delivery.
  • Better sleep and reduced stress.
  • Improved weight management during pregnancy.
  • Better physical recovery following the birth.

When should I start Prenatal Pilates?

Our classes are safe to begin as soon as you learn you are pregnant or are appropriate even  if you are thinking about having a baby.  These classes can continue through to the birth of your baby.

We do however like you to have medical clearance from your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist or GP, if you are having a high risk pregnancy just to be on the safe side.

So, the sooner you start, the better prepared your body and pelvic floor will be to accommodate your changing shape as your baby grows.

Our Prenatal and Birthing Pilates classes are run weekly for 6 – 8 weeks within a school term (we have 2 options). Check our Class Timetable to learn more.

What should I wear and do I need to bring a mat?

Just wear something light that you are comfortable moving in. There is no need to bring a mat as our studio has everything you need.

Courses generally fill quickly. Contact us to learn when our next Prenatal Pilates course begins and reserve your spot.