Antenatal Pilates

Antenatal Pilates uses modified Pilates exercises to target the exact muscles and functions that can are used during pregnancy and birth so it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant. The exercises help you to be able to prepare yourself for birth and ensure your body can cope with the demands of pregnancy, birth and recovery, in a safe way.

 

Antenatal Pilates at ctchealthcare

Antenatal Pilates uses modified Pilates exercises to target the exact muscles and functions that can are used during pregnancy and birth so it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant. The exercises help you to be able to prepare yourself for birth and ensure your body can cope with the demands of pregnancy, birth and recovery, in a safe way.

The exercises focus on abdominal separation, back and pelvis mobility, strength and conditioning of the pelvic floor, breathing and relaxation techniques in preparation for labour and birth, optimal baby positioning in the womb, and relaxation of hip and sacral area.

Doing regular Pilates will help to:

  • Strengthen your tummy muscles
    Preparing your body to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones released during pregnancy relax the ligaments that connect your bones making you more pliable in pregnancy, and also more prone to injury.
  • Reduce back pain
    Exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis prevents back or pelvic pain.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor
    The pelvic floor muscles which support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down are also essential during childbirth. Exercising them may prevent you from incontinence (accidental urination) when you cough or sneeze during and after pregnancy.
  • Improve balance
    You may feel a little clumsier during pregnancy, especially as your hips open wider to accommodate your growing baby and preparation for labour. Strengthening your core may make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows.
  • Take the strain off your back and pelvis
    Positions such as those on your hands and knees are great position for pregnancy as they help your baby lie correctly towards the end of your pregnancy.
  • Relax and control your breathing
    Preparing your mental state of relaxation and preparation for pain relief during labour.

Things to Know Before Your Appointment

PARKING AND ARRIVAL

Parking spaces are available outside each of our clinic buildings. Please arrive 5 minutes early for an assessment appointment as you will be asked to complete a consent form prior to entering the treatment room. Bring along any referral letters, scans, reports that you may have.

Clothing

Please wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. You may be asked to remove clothing so all relevant areas can be examined. If you are presenting a limb injury, please bring a pair of shorts or a thin strapped top to make it easier for your therapist to examine or you may be asked to change into a pair of shorts privately in the treatment room.

Payments

Payments must be made on arrival. The charges for each appointment type are shown on the appointment selection page. If you qualify for a known discount or would like to redeem a voucher, please notify a member of the reception team on arrival for your appointment. Payment to insurance companies are dealt with directly.

Health Insurance

If you have health insurance you need to check with your insurance company that your treatment is covered. Please bring the relevant details with you including your policy number and claim/authorisation number. Treatment costs not covered by your insurance will need to be met in full on the day of treatment. All policy excesses must be disclosed and paid for on your initial visit.

Cancellation

24hrs notice must be given if you wish to cancel your appointment. Failure to do so may result in a charge being raised for the appointment.

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