Unless you’re Superwoman, exercise won’t be the first thing on your mind when you’ve just given birth! However, finding time to exercise and having somewhere to go where it is acceptable to take a tiny baby is more important than you will realise!

Having a baby is a wonderful experience which should be cherished. That smell of a newborn is something which should be bottled and sold on the shelf. That said, occasionally the changes to your body post pregnancy are a little less joyous.

Pregnancy affects the abdominal muscles. In order for your body to form that lovely bump your abdominals stretch to accommodate the changes to your body shape and often the muscles separate because of this process. This can ultimately weaken the abdominal muscles which are so important as they support your back. Changes will also happen within the pelvic girdle and pelvic floor. Pregnant women can develop pelvic pain during pregnancy, which often improves after giving birth. Although, in some cases, this can give rise to longer-term problems, so it’s really important to manage this correctly after your delivery.

Often new mums feel desperate to exercise as soon as possible after giving birth, however if you try to do too much too soon with high impact exercise this can often result in back, pelvic or hip pain.

The team at Pilates Plus promote gently strengthening your core through Pilates, as early as six weeks post delivery. So when you start upping the intensity of your exercise routine to include running or your usual gym classes, you have encouraged your core muscles to do their job and support your pelvis and back. It also means that your body is better equipped to cope with the new challenges motherhood will bring to your body –  like lugging around a car-seat complete with baby!

Pilates Plus has been running postnatal Pilates classes for over six years and their instructors have specialised postnatal knowledge and training, ensuring you’re exercising in a safe environment and the exercises are appropriate.

They work at gently re-educating and strengthening core muscles, including abdominals, back muscles and the muscles around the hips. The classes also focus on gentle stretching and postural alignment. Mothers can attend the classes after their six-week check and the best thing about it is that your baby can come too! Classes run in eight-week blocks, they are fun and very relaxed and a chance to do something for you. And afterwards you will feel you have earned that coffee with your friends!

North Berwick Fri 11.30am-12.30pm | For all classes please visit www.pilatesplusphysio.co.uk | To book a place or for further information: t: 01312265009 | e: talk@pilatesplusphysio.co.uk