If you're a new mum, you might be wondering what the best type of rehab is. We genuinely believe that postnatal Pilates is definitely the answer! Here at our clinic, we recommend it to all our patients who have just had a baby. Pilates is gentle on the body and can be adjusted to your ability, making it perfect for postnatal rehabilitation no matter where you are in your journey. Not only will Pilates help rebuild your overall strength, but it can also help address issues with your pelvic floor health, help to close abdominal separation and with it's focus on movement and breathing is wonderful for mental wellbeing.
There are many Pilates classes available, but we highly recommend seeing a Pilates instructor who is either a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist and/or who has training in postnatal Pilates. They will have the knowledge to help you safely and effectively build your strength back up again. It's also important that they can assist with helping you address issues such as diastasis recti or pelvic floor dysfunction.
Pilates is Gentle
The Pilates method of exercise is a gentle and effective way to begin rebuilding your strength after having a baby. It usually involves small, controlled movements that are focused on activating the core muscles as well as improving overall strength throughout the body. The Pilates exercises can be modified or made easier by using alternate positions and equipment if you're not ready for more advanced exercises yet. Pilates makes it easy to work at your own level while progressing through different levels of difficulty when you're ready so it's perfect for postnatal rehabilitation!
Pilates Can Help Restore Pelvic Floor Functionality
A very common issue in women during pregnancy and postpartum is pelvic floor dysfunction, including leaking urine (incontinence ) and prolapse. Pelvic floor dysfunction can be caused by a number of things, including pregnancy, childbirth and aging. A weak pelvic floor can also lead to other problems such as lower back pain and discomfort during sex.
Pilates is one way that you can help to restore functionality of your pelvic floor muscles. The exercises are designed to specifically target these muscles, helping them to become stronger over time. With regular Pilates sessions (ideally twice per week), you may start seeing an improvement in your symptoms in just a few short weeks!
Pilates Can Help Address Diastasis Recti
Another common issue post-pregnancy is abdominal separation, otherwise known as diastasis recti. This occurs when the two halves of the rectus abdominis muscle (the muscles that run vertically down the front of your abdomen) separate, often due to the increased pressure on the stomach during pregnancy. Diastasis recti can cause a number of problems such as back pain, urinary incontinence and pelvic prolapse.
Pilates is one way to help address this issue. The exercises are designed to work all the abdominal muscles, including those that have been separated. With regular Pilates sessions you may start seeing an improvement in your symptoms within a few weeks. Not only will Pilates help to close the separation, but it will also help to improve overall strength and stability in your core!
Pilates Is Wonderful For Mental Health
Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise for helping to improve mental wellbeing. The Pilates method focuses on increasing body awareness, improving posture and breathing while also providing time out from the stresses of daily life. It's a great way to help reduce stress levels after having a baby! Pilates is gentle enough that you can do it even when you're exhausted or feeling low - in fact those are times when we recommend Pilates most!
At our clinic, we offer Pilates sessions specifically for new mums (check out our upcoming Postnatal Reformer Classes here), so if you're looking for somewhere to start your Pilates journey then get in touch today! We would love to help you on your journey back to health.