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AnteNatal

Pregnancy is an amazing time in your life. It is all new and exciting, but also a little bit scary!

I’m passionate about women’s health! I feel you should have all the help possible to get you the birth you want.

This AnteNatal class is about getting you into a fabulous and well prepared state to give birth.

We use Yoga, Pilates and general exercise to get you into an good place and keep you there. This helps to aid recovery afterwards.  We also work the dread Pelvic Floor…these are possibly the most boring exercises in the world, but very necessary.

We also have a strong social feel in the class. We often chat through the exercises. You can sometimes feel a little isolated or confused when you’re pregnant.  How nice then to talk to other expectant mum’s, share advice and make friends. I’ve had 2 children myself, so I’ve been there and I understand.

Traditionally, pregnant women were advised to ‘’put your feet up and rest’. However, it is now believed that an active pregnancy, whilst maintaining sufficient rest and avoiding prolonged standing, brings very positive benefits to the Pregnancy and the post natal phase. Whilst pregnancy is mostly a normal, healthy process, some of the physical changes that take place make some exercise inappropriate or contraindicated. There may also be other associated medical issues that may persist through the pre and post natal stages.

If you are healthy and your pregnancy is developing normally, exercise can bring you many positive benefits, although it may be the last thing on your mind right now: You’re tired, lethargic, nauseous, your body is changing shape and feeling a little alien, mood swings may be gripping you, you may feel overwhelmed, you may be loving every second of your pregnancy (or both, changing by the hour! ), I know, I’ve been there, I’ve 2 children of my own! But, think of good it can do:

Prevention or Reduction of:

Length of Labour / Birth Complications
Medical Intervention in delivery (C-section, forceps, etc)
Swellinq of Limbs
Nausea
Fatigue
Pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure)
Urinary incontinence
Excessive weight gain
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Insomnia
Diastasis Recti (widening of the 2 halves of the abdominals)
Anxiety, depression and other maternal psychological disorders
Muscle Imbalance
Gestational Diabetes
Back Pain
Other common pregnancy complaints:
leg cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, high/low blood pressure, constipation, haemorrhoids and varicose veins

Exercise can also improve or increase:

Posture
Maternal well being, Self esteem, mood, self confidence and mental wellbeing
Sleep
Resumption of activity post birth
Body awareness, balance and coordination
Physical Fitness
Functional capacity
Energy levels
Circulation and blood flow
Calcium absorption
Relaxation
Recovery time after birth
Placental growth
Foetal growth
Permanent healthy lifestyle habits
So, all good then!

As for all activities, exercising in pregnancy does involve an element of risk

This is why you must train with an Instructor who understands the limitations brought about by being Pregnant or in the Post Natal phase.

There is the potential for:
Miscarriage
Hyperthermia (being too hot)
Reduced Blood flow
Supine Hypotensive Syndrome
Premature Rupture of Membranes
Hypoglycaemia
Physical injury

I am trained to adapt exercise for this very special time and to mitigate these risks as much as possible

The benefits of remaining active far out way any genuine risk.

As with all things there are factors to consider.  This is why you need to be with an instructor who can individualise for you, based on your age, stage of pregnancy, any complications or medical conditions, your physical ability and fitness level, exercise experience and your goals and aspirations

There will be a mix of Yoga, Pilates and general exercise in both classes

Pre-Natal Exercise Course

Wednesday

6-7pm at The Lotus Room

You will need to complete a medical questionnaire and have it signed off by your GP or Midwife before you attend the course. This is for your safety! Please message me for a copy.

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Remember, Happy Mummy = Happy Baby