My pregnancy classes are designed for mums-to-be who want to exercise safely and effectively throughout their pregnancy. The classes are specifically designed to address the changes in your body associated with pregnancy.
I taught gym classes throughout both of my pregnancies. I’d heard lots of stories of instructors teaching the day they gave birth and I thought that would be me! That’s not quite how it worked out…
Although general exercise helped me feel fit and strong through my pregnancy it didn’t help with my labour or into the postnatal period. And as I developed pelvic girdle pain I found I couldn’t walk comfortably, let alone get any exercise done.
I now believe that there should be many aspects to a pregnancy class. Instead of just standard exercises all my classes now include:
- breathing and relaxation techniques
- pelvic floor and core strengthening
- pelvic stability and mobility exercises
- rehearsal of labour positions
- preparation for the postnatal period
- mental preparation!
Benefits of Exercising in Pregnancy
- improved posture
- improved pelvic floor and core strength
- maintain healthy weight gain
- reduced risk of water retention
- promotes relaxation and aids sleep
- meet other mums-to-be
- faster postnatal recovery
Pregnancy Pilates Relaxation
This gentle exercise class is suitable for all stages of pregnancy and a great way to work on
alignment as your posture changes
pelvic floor and core strength
help to ease your aches and prevent back pain
breathing and relaxation will help to ease your mind and get you rested ready for bed!
8:15pm – Christ Church, Reddish
8:30pm – Christ Church, Reddish
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I felt that being able to exercise and keep fit during pregnancy was really important in preparing my body for labour. I also learnt a lot about getting the body into the right position for birth, which I didn't know beforehand. The bit I enjoyed the most was going to each session and seeing the same ladies and our bumps growing together. The classes had a really friendly atmosphere and I could work at my own pace. Coming to classes made a difference to me as I felt it helped me prepare for labour and birth. Sarah is a brilliant instructor and has so much personal and professional experience. I felt I could ask Sarah anything. She also gave me home exercises to do which benefitted me during labour. I would definitely recommend Sarah's classes and I would do them again if I have another baby!
Pregnancy Pilates Fitness
This class is for particularly for those mums-to-be who are currently exercising but are unsure what exercises are safe during pregnancy
maintain fitness levels
strengthen the body for labour
keep pregnancy aches and pains at bay with stretches and releases
relaxation and breathing technique
10:00am – Heaton Mersey Methodist Church
11:00am – Heaton Mersey Methodist Church
Pregnancy Pilates 3rd Trimester
This class focuses on preparation for birth:
- aligning the pelvis and encouraging baby into the best position
practising various labour positions
using breathing and relaxation techniques to help you in labour
plus stretches and releases to help you feel more comfortable
12:45pm – Pamper Me, Stockport
- At what stage in my pregnancy can I start classes?
There is no stipulation on when to start my pregnancy classes. Some people feel too nauseous and tired in the first trimester. Others prefer to wait until after their first scan. There are benefits to attending at whatever stage you’re at!
- I’ve never done Pilates before, does it matter?
This is not a regular Pilates class – the focus and purpose is different. So it won’t matter if you’ve never done it before! I’ve had many mums-to-be who are completely new to exercise who have still loved the class and continued with it afterwards. All the movements are done at your own pace so you won’t feel like you’re being left behind. And you choose your own range of movement so you work to your own level.
- What do I wear?
Comfortable clothing that you can move easily in. No need to splash out on gym gear if you don’t have it – most mums-to-be wear leggings and a T-shirt. Layers are good, so you can stay comfortable throughout the class – whilst exercising and in the relaxation. We exercise in bare feet so you can wear any shoes that are easy to put on/off! Socks are fine, if they have some grip that’s even better.
- Do I need to bring anything?
I provide mats and all the equipment necessary. If you want to bring your own mat you can. If you’re later on in pregnancy it can be nice to have a pillow to support your bump when lying on your side but it’s not essential. Make sure you bring water.
- Can I continue to exercise throughout my pregnancy?
You can attend my class for as long as you want to, providing you have no contraindications. Many attend right up until giving birth – one was even in the early stages of labour during my class!
- Can I just turn up to a class?
Pre-booking is essential – all classes are limited in the number of participants I allow. I keep class size small so I can give personal attention to everyone. It also means you get to know a great group of mums-to-be!
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