As much as pregnancy and childbirth is an amazing experience, it’s fair to say that your body goes
through a lot during the process. It’s also difficult to recover properly afterwards – after all, you’re
being kept very busy with a newborn! However, it’s so important that you take the time to look after
your body through a gentle postnatal program. Today, we’ll take a look at how postnatal clinical
Pilates can help repair and strengthen the body after having a baby.
Strengthens the pelvic floor:
Pregnancy and childbirth place a lot of pressure on your pelvic floor muscles and after you’ve had
your baby, you might be left with issues such as weak muscles, incontinence or prolapse. Through
clinical Pilates, your pelvic floor strength will be assessed and you’ll be given specific exercises to
strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. If you have serious issues associated with your pelvic
floor, clinical Pilates can also be used in conjunction with other interventions.
Rebuilds the abdominal muscles:
It’s no surprise that your growing baby puts pressure on your abdominal muscles and as many as
60% of women are left with Diastasis Recti which is the separation of the abdominal muscles.
Unfortunately, many women cause further issues with their abdominal seperation due to carrying
out traditional exercises such as sit ups which don’t target the inner layer of muscle. Clinical Pilates
will teach you how to correctly work your inner core, particularly the transverse abdominus, and
address your abdominal separation safely.
Assists with postural issues:
Once your baby arrives, it’s not uncommon for poor posture to lead to shoulder and neck strain in
new mothers. This comes as no surprise thanks to amount of lifting, carrying, feeding and changing
you’re having to do with your newborn! Clinical Pilates will help to strengthen your postural muscles
so you know how to carry out tasks safely which will relieve the pressure you’re placing on your
shoulders and neck.
Gentle reintroduction to exercise:
It’s important that you don’t put too much pressure on yourself as a new mum to throw yourself
into a punishing exercise regime. You need to give your body time to heal and to make sure you
slowly strengthen your muscles correctly. Remember, the hormone relaxin which was released
during pregnancy to soften your ligaments is still present in the body which can make you more
prone to injury and instability. Clinical Pilates is a fantastic way to ensure that you’re getting one on
one attention in those early postnatal months.
At KĀYA Health Clubs, we provide Clinical Pilates to assist our members who require a little extra
care. Our experienced practitioners carry out Clinical Pilates using the reformer, mat and trapeze bed
and an individualised plan will be developed based on your unique situation. From prenatal and
postnatal care to assistance with chronic pain and injury recovery, experience the restorative
benefits of clinical Pilates with KĀYA.
For clinical Pilates in Melbourne, speak to the team at KĀYA today on (03) 9090 1000. We have state
of the art studios located in the Melbourne CBD and Prahran.