Pregnancy Pilates, Nutrition and Workshops

We offer three services to prospective, expectant and new mothers - nutritional advice, Pilates modified for pregnancy by pregnancy certified teachers and workshops.

Our pre and post natal pregnancy classes are currently private mat based. If you have done Pilates for 3 months prior to your pregnancy you can carry on for the entire pregnancy. If you are new to Pilates and are pregnant you must wait until the baby is 16 weeks before starting. As well as safe exercises, classes also cover breathing and pelvic floor exercises.

 

Our nutritional services we offer a range of information and services to help you with a balanced diet, calorific intake and nutrients. during the pregnancy

Regular workshops are held to help you understand:

1. Benefits of exercise and what not to do

2. How your nutrition and what you eat helps your pregnancy

3. How the Hungarian system works for expats

4. Accessing services like a doula and a midwife

Pilates during and after Pregnancy

We offer individual Pilates in line with current best practice guidelines. Klara and Julian are certified to teach exercise during and after pregnancy and provide all class programming and the initial onboarding. All pregnancy classes are provided one to one. 

For existing clients and those who have been practicing Pilates for at least the 6 months prior to pregnancy you can continue with Pilates throughout the pregnancy. 

For those that would like to start Pilates after discovering they are pregnant, while there is no risk from exercise, we can only teach you after 16 weeks once the pregnancy is established.

Is this appropriate for me?

Pilates is a low impact, functional form of exercise that is easily adapted to expectant and new mothers. In addition to some of the standard mobility work, we have several breathing and pelvic floor release exercises that can improve your experience. Research shows exercise during pregnancy is recommended for expectant and new mothers in managing the physical changes during pregnancy and recovering form and function after birth.

During pregnancy

Many doctors recommend exercise during pregnancy however it is not recommended you start anything new until the 16 week period. 

There are also some conditions a mother may have that contraindicate exercise. It is important that you have been medically signed off before you exercise. This should be repeated each time you visit the midwife or doctor as the pregnancy develops.

During pregnancy the exercise programs alter as you alter physically and the baby grows. We work one on one to ensure the program is tailored to you and your pregnancy.

After pregnancy

Depending on the ease of the birth it could be between 6 and 12 weeks before you can exercise again. Again this should be on the advice of your medical team. For uncomplicated natural births this will be 6 weeks, for c-sections 12 weeks minimum. Most new mothers sit somewhere in between. 

The rule of thumb is it will take 9 months to recover form and function after pregnancy. For those breast feeding however, certain changes like ligamental laxity will last for as long as you breast feed. Programs can be changed depending on your decisions.

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Prior to starting

I will ask you to fill out a form at each stage - during and after birth - to understand your physical situation and how that effects your pilates experience. 

 

I will also make some checks, for example, after birth I will ask to check you for diastisis recti or ask that you have it checked. If there are any contra-indications that arise I may ask you to wait and seek a medical opinion before beginning. In some rare cases I may not be able to help you. 

In most cases however, this is a formality and we look forward to helping you stay in shape and manage the changes you experience throughout your pregnancy.

Workshops for Pregnancy

 

Workshops are held regularly.​ Contact us at enquire@mbody.co for further details.

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