Pregnancy Pilates – Safe + beneficial exercise during Pregnancy
Here at Kinematics, we treat women throughout all stages of their pregnancy. We assist the mother-to-be with pain management, postural imbalances and education during their pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Pregnancy is the most important time in a women’s life to be looking after her health. The nine transformative months highlight many changes ranging from enlargement of the uterus, shifts in the centre of gravity and alterations in gait patterns. While these physical changes are normal, for many women this results in pain.
In conjunction with hands-on treatment, we offer Clinical Exercise and Pilates to encourage optimal alignment throughout pregnancy and the postnatal period. We understand that all pregnancies are different and therefore our one-on-one and group Clinical Exercise sessions (previously known as Clinical Pilates) are tailored to your individual pre and postnatal needs.
Step 1 – Initial Assessment
The initial assessment will be with one of our Osteopaths or Physiotherapists and involves a full-body movement screen. It also includes an assessment of your deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle activation and control. Establishing any areas of imbalance or weakness is essential to ensure you get the most out of your sessions and prepare you for your pregnancy journey.
Step 2 – Clinical Exercise + Pilates 1:1
Following your comprehensive initial assessment, your clinician will lead you through a series of individually tailored exercises to address any pain, movement deficiencies and will ensure you are correctly engaging your deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
Our aim in these one-on-one sessions is to preempt the biomechanical changes occurring thought your pregnancy and advise you of safe and effective exercises to ensure you are feeling strong, mobile and supported in the lead up to the birth. They consist of elements drawn from Pilates, combined with functional strength and conditioning as well as other evidence-based rehabilitation principles.
Step 3 – Clinical Exercise + Pilates Group Classes
Once you have a good understanding of your exercises and are consistently improving, your clinician will advise and encourage you to begin small group classes. Each group class has a maximum of 4 people to ensure optimal supervision and correct technique at all times. Every participant in the class will be doing an individualised program of exercises that have been tailored to their pregnancy and postnatal needs, goals and ability. Your program will continually be revised and progressed as you advance through your pregnancy and postnatal period.
Benefits of Clinical Exercise + Pilates during pregnancy include:
- Ensures adequate mobility + strength throughout your pregnancy and in preparation for labour.
- Promotes correct activation + improves endurance of deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
- Improves posture + balance.
- Improves fluidity of movement during pregnancy.
- Improves breathing mechanics.
- Pain education and aids in the relief of pain during pregnancy.
- Provides ongoing support throughout your pregnancy.
Benefits of Clinical Exercise + Pilates during the postnatal period include:
- Promotes correct activation + improve endurance of deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.
- Ensures adequate mobility + strength in order to facilitate correct breastfeeding, nursing and general posture.
- Improve breathing mechanics.
- Aid in the relief of pain during the postnatal period.
- Provide ongoing support throughout your postnatal journey and beyond.
Our clinicians at Kinematics assist women recovering from natural, cesarean and complicated deliveries. We are experienced rehabilitating women who present with common postnatal conditions including abdominal separation (DRAM).
When can I get started?
Physiological and postural changes start occurring to the mother’s body within the first few weeks of pregnancy. Therefore, we recommend booking an initial assessment as soon as you are able.
Following your delivery, it is usually recommended to wait until your six week Obstetrician check up for a return to physical activity (this includes commencing clinical exercise + Pilates), especially if recovering from a complicated delivery. However, if you are experiencing pain in the postnatal period, it is safe and encouraged to have a postnatal assessment and hands on treatment with one of our clinicians within the first month after delivery. This approach allows our Osteopaths and Physiotherapists to guide you on when it is safe for you to begin clinical exercise and Pilates.
There are many benefits to beginning Pilates pre-pregnancy including improved adaptability to postural changes occuring throughout pregnancy and a quicker postnatal recovery.
We understand that everyone’s pregnancy journey is different. For further information regarding clinical exercise and Pilates during pregnancy and the postnatal period, give us a call on 03 9421 3661.You can also check out our blogs for more information on how Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Pilates can help you throughout pregnancy journey, birth and beyond.
While all of our clinicians are able to assist you on your pregnancy journey, Rachel (Osteopath), Ash (Osteopath) and Amy (Physiotherapist) have a special interest and additional training in Women’s Health.