Pregnancy Pilates Cork

Pregnancy pilates cork

Pilates for Pregnancy

What happens to your body during pregnancy?

  • postural changes create muscle imbalances
  • the abdominal wall is stretched
  • the opposing low back muscles bear more load and remain shortened
  • muscles in the front of the neck and chest may tighten
  • compensatory changes in the upper portion of the spine lead to increased stress in the muscles of the neck and shoulders
  • due to changes in the position of the pelvis, the hamstrings (back of thigh) shorten. This can lead to additional knee stress and possible fallen arches.
  • As the baby grows the ribs flare and the sternum (breast bone) lifts, thus expanding the ribcage.


What happens internally during pregnancy?

  • blood volume expands which means you need more oxygen and produce more carbon dioxide. This may cause you to fatigue more quickly during exercise so guidelines recommend against exercising to the point of exhaustion.
  • resting heart-rate increases (8-20 bpm by 32 weeks)
  • Hormonal changes cause blood vessels to relax and dilate.


Benefits of Pilates during pregnancy



Pilates helps your body to cope with the constant changes by targeting and isolating some key muscles. These include the muscle groups in the upper back, buttocks, pelvic floor and legs. By keeping these areas strong you can reduce muscle imbalances associated with pregnancy and make it easier for you to ‘bounce back’ afterwards.


6 Week courses €75

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Reception: 021 4346505
  • Women who exercise during pregnancy report back pain less often than those who do not
  • There is a noted reduction in: forceps deliveries, maternal exhaustion, need to be induced and duration of active labour
  • Reported faster recovery after pregnancy and significantly higher rate of uncomplicated delivery
  • Fewer prenatal discomforts
  • - reduced risk of incontinence, hypertension (high blood pressure), diastasis recti*, deep venous thrombosis
  • - improved posture, body mechanics and circulation, reduced pelvic pressure and increase in energy levels
  • - lower incidence of excessive weight gain
  • - enhanced mood and self-esteem
  • - positive health behaviour changes
    • Mat and stability-ball based classes for pregnancy
    • 75% decrease in forceps deliveries
    • 75% decrease in maternal exhaustion
    • 50% decrease in need to be induced
    • 30% reduction in duration of active labour
    • 40% faster recovery
    • Significantly higher rate of uncomplicated delivery
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