Pregnancy & Postnatal
At Port Melbourne Physiotherapy & Pilates our experienced physiotherapists provide Clinical Pilates programs to assist with maintaining health and fitness throughout pregnancy and post-natal.
Clinical Pilates focuses on the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles.
Pilates exercises can also strengthen & stretch specific muscle groups which are weakened and tight from the postural changes & stresses that occur during pregnancy.
It is also low impact without stressing the joints in the body. All exercises are done on the reformer bed, standing, sitting, kneeling or on all 4’s. Exercises can be modified to your stage of pregnancy.
At PMPP, pilates classes are run by physiotherapists. Exercises can be modified for individual’s with specific musculoskeletal conditions eg. pelvic pain, low back & neck pain. Clinical Pilates is usually a safe and effective way of continuing exercise throughout your pregnancy, but should always be discussed with your GP or obstetrician.
It is important to regain deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength to help support your lower back, following the demands of pregnancy & birth, along with managing a newborn (feeding, lifting, bending etc.)
It is important for injury prevention to get these stretched muscles strong again and to allow you to return to full activities.
Clinical Pilates exercises are also focussed on posture & flexibility for your recovering body. Exercises can be modified for women with caesarean sections, DRAM (abdominal separation) or recovering from pelvic joint pain from pregnancy. You should always get clearance from your doctor before returning to exercise post-natally.
We offer individual Pilates sessions as well as small classes (up to 3 people per class).
Sessions are individualized and class sizes are restricted, to enable a safe exercise environment and to allow your physiotherapist to modify exercises as appropriate to you.
We also offer unsupervised Pilates sessions for individuals who have previously participated in Pilates classes and are confident in the use of the equipment.