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Mum’s & Bub’s Pilates (Babylates) Classes in Toowoomba

28 Jul 2020

Babylates is my Specialised Pilates Classes for the Mum’s & Bub’s of Toowoomba from 6 weeks post birth.

These personalised classes use an array of Pilates exercises/stretches/muscle releases & equipment with specific programming for the postnatal months to help your body regain pelvic floor activation & deeper abdominal strength in a safe and effective way. Giving you tools, tips and strength & to then progress safely into more functional fitness. I work closely with your Women’s Health Physio & other health practitioners to ensure continuity of care for the best outcome for you.

Before you get started, I get an in depth history of your pregnancy/pregnancies & births. This information can & does play an important part in programming exercises during classes to accommodate your specific needs. Part of this history may involve correspondence with your Women’s Health Physio or other practitioners with your consent.

In these classes we also focus on the postural changes that may have occurred during pregnancy & also post birth as your body adapts to the many challenges of motherhood. Some muscles can be overworked and get very tight creating many aches & pains whilst other muscles might not quite be doing their job & need a little bit or re training.

Classes are kept to small numbers to ensure exercises are modified to your own ability & stage of recovery after birth. Bub’s are absolutely welcome and will be incorporated into some of the exercises as well or exercises will be modified for you if bub isn’t content doing what we’re doing.

And for all you wonderful Mumma’s that might be a little hesitant to come as you’re not sure how your little one will go….. We’re all mum’s in these classes & understand that our little bundles of joy dance to their own beat when it suites them. There will be classes when your bub is the angel child & very content, or maybe the hungry bubba that REALLY wants a feed right now, or perhaps the bub that decided it was time to poop as you walked in the door 🙂

*BOOKINGS are ESSENTIAL as class sizes are capped to ensure you get the individual attention you & your baby require.

*A letter of clearance to exercise will be required if your youngest child is under 12mths old. This can be from your OBGYN, GP or Women’s Health Physio.

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or to sign up for my WEEK Free Trial, click on the link below.

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Exercise During Pregnancy – Pregnancy Pilates (Part 1)

04 Jun 2019

Exercise During Pregnancy –

Pregnancy Pilates

*PLEASE consult with your GP, Obstetrician or Health Professional before commencing any form of exercise whilst pregnant*

The reality is that Pregnancy & Labour will be one of the most physically challenging events in a woman’s life. As with any physical event, if we train & prepare the body for it, then ‘the event’ is usually more manageable AND your recovery is usually better. Would you go run a full marathon (42kms) without any training? Sure, it’s definitely doable, but with the correct training & preparation the entire experience can be improved!

During pregnancy there are many physical changes our bodies will naturally go through as our babies grow & our body adapts. To accommodate these changes, our posture will naturally change. These postural changes can, and do, have a big impact on everyday life. Some muscles stretch & weight distribution changes whilst other muscles tighten or separate. All of which can create many aches & pains & can also make your birthing & recovery more challenging.

Exercising is very important during pregnancy and Pregnancy Pilates is one of the safest and most effective forms during this time both for you and your baby. However, certain pregnancy guidelines need to be followed and exercises performed should be prescribed specifically for the relevant stages of pregnancy by a qualified practitioner. With careful exercise selection & modifications for different stages of pregnancy & ability, Pregnancy Pilates is a great way to help your body adapt and ease into the postural changes that are certain to occur. Fitness training whilst pregnant should be conducted by a fully trained & certified Pre/Post Natal Trainer in the field in which you are interested in training, albeit general fitness, pilates, yoga etc.  Just being a mum doesn’t qualify a trainer as being Pre/Post Natally Certified. It’s an additional qualification with much more in depth knowledge & training in this particular area. Let’s be honest, there’s A LOT going on during Pregnancy & Postpartum & there’s many movements & exercises that can cause long term damage.

So don’t be afraid to ask your trainer regarding their qualifications & experience. (** If they’re not qualified, they may not be insured if anything goes wrong)

As previously mentioned, exercise selection during pregnancy is very important, as some exercises & positions can increase the chances of pregnancy complications & conditions. Some of these being Carpal Tunnel, Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation)**, Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) also known as Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP), SIJ Pain, Pelvic Floor Problems (now & in the future), back pain & other posture related aches & pains. More serious medical complications may also occur. With correct exercise selection & stretches, specific to each pregnancy, you can train your body to be as fit & strong as possible during your pregnancy. Now here’s the real kicker! Every pregnancy is different & how your body responds to it with regards to exercise is different for everyone & possibly each pregnancy as well. Which is why exercise during pregnancy can’t be a ‘one size fits all approach’. Whilst there are exercise guidelines for pregnancy (Click here to view 2019 Canadian guidelines) & (HERE to view RANZCOG Guidelines), these are exactly that, guidelines. Please listen to your body & talk to your trainer if something doesn’t feel quite right, now is not the time to ‘push through it’.

Click HERE to find out more information about my Pre & Post Natal Classes.

**Here is a fantastic article on Diastasis Recti: https://www.girlsgonestrong.com/blog/pregnancy/everyone-get-diastasis-recti-pregnancy/