We get a few enquiries asking if someone can join our classes during pregnancy. The short answer is usually no, which is such a shame. Why don't we allow a pregnant woman to join our classes?
Sadly that's pretty much what it comes down to. If you are pregnant most exercise instructors will not be able to teach you in the first trimester because our insurance providers will not cover us to teach you. The main reason for this is that one in four women will miscarry and the first trimester is when most miscarriages occur, it's such a shame because let's face it, if you have another one or two already at home, or still working and trying to keep the house clean, you will be doing WAY more than in an hours pilates class. Please read on for more useful help.
In your second trimester, you should be ok to exercise but how do we cope with you in a beginners class?
All our classes are geared to good spinal health, joint mobility and strengthening the core. All great stuff and perfect for someone pregnant, after all you are not ill.
Just one small problem, a growing bump and totally different requirements to everyone else in the class.
The logistics of trying to teach 11 people one exercise and all the reasoning behind it, then teach one person another exercise..with all the reasons behind it would be frustrating for everyone.
The best option would be a class with everyone at the same trimester.
If you can find a class where you can join others at the same stage, clearly that would be the perfect outcome.
What if you can't find a class?
Karen Grinter, Mum, Pilates Teacher, Back Pain and Exercise Specialist, Business Owner and Millie's Owner!
"Pilates in my practice is mainstream, and Northants Pilates is a first class outfit that I wholeheartedly endorse."
Mr Nick Birch, Consultant Spinal Surgeon