Welcome to Pregnancy Pilates at Viva Physiotherapy. We are excited for you to join us on your journey whilst using Pilates to keep your body strong in the pre, peri or post-natal period. If you’re looking for a specialised approach to looking after your body during pregnancy, you’ve come to the right place and our Pregnancy Pilates program runs along-side our Clinical and Strength and Conditioning streams.
 

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People practice Clinical Pilates for a variety of different reasons, but there are specific benefits for those who are looking to conceive, are pregnant or are looking to increase their post-natal condition. Some of the reasons our mums and mums-to-be join our classes is:
 
Green Tick Safe levels of exercise whilst pregnant.

Green Tick The importance of posture during pregnancy.

Green TickAdvice on ab muscle strengthening during and post-pregnancy.

Green Tick Advice on how to maintain or regain your strength, particularly your core.

Green Tick Specific information on pelvic floor strenthening and retraining.

Green Tick What to look out for when it comes to pelvic pain (SIJ and pubic symphysis).

Green Tick How to avoid back pain.

You can read more Pilates Success Stories about how Pilates has helped our clients (not just in pregnancy)
 
The first step is to book your individual assessment session with one of our physios who specialise in Pilates and pregnancy.

In this session we will discuss your needs and create a plan for your Pilates practice based on your needs and goals. Your physio may choose to assess your core muscles and pelvic floor real-time ultrasound, depending on your stage of pregnancy and then you’re ready to jump into our classes.

We have a short medical information form that we would like you to complete prior to attending the class.  You can download this form here or just arrive 10 minutes early to your session to complete it.

After we teach you the basics, you have three different class options available to you:

Pregnancy Pilates Classes
Our Pregnancy Pilates Classes host up to five people. The Pregnancy Class style is that the physiotherapist conducts the group, using a combination of mat Pilates, equipment Pilates and specialty exercises specific to those who are pre or post-natal.
There is a large emphasis on the guidelines of safe exercise during and after pregnancy as our physiotherapists are trained in understanding:

  • the musculoskeletal challenges of pregnancy and delivery
  • the requirements of exercising the pelvic floor
  • the limitations of each phase of pregnancy (and how to modify the exercises to still achieve the same goals!
  • the best way to control and manage your abdominal strength, right from the basics through to dealing with abdominal diastases.

This class allows you to practice Pilates during your pregnancy under the watchful eye of a physio.

Clinical Pilates Equipment Classes
Our Clinical Equipment Classes host up to five people. Each individual has their own program that has been developed by their physiotherapist which makes it the perfect option for those who are pregnant as all guidelines that are specific to your stage of pregnancy can be accommodated. Joining one of our Clinical classes also expands the opportunity to access more class times, rather than just being tied to our Pregnancy-specific classes. The class itself utilises all the Pilates equipment such as reformers, the Cadillac or Trapeze table, the Wunda chair and our small equipment such as foam rollers, spiky balls, BOSU and weights.
Mat Pilates Classes
With a maximum of 8 people, our physio can keep a close eye on you while you exercise using the mat, foam rollers, weight balls, magic circles and theraband. Unlike our other classes which run in a studio circuit style, the mat class is a little more like a gym class where your physiotherapist will instruct the group as a whole, giving you the opportunity to focus and enjoy the MindBody benefits of Pilates to their full extent. In our pregnancy stream, mat classes are best for the following people:

  • if you’re planning to get pregnant soon
  • if you’re already pregnant and are less than 17 weeks gestation (this is because Sports Medicine Australia’s Exercise in Pregnancy Guidelines outline certain restrictions in the 2nd and 3rd phase of trimester. During this time, our Pregnancy Pilates Class is your best option as it is designed to accommodate all these recommendations.
  • If you’re post-natal and have had your rectus abdominal muscles assessed and checked by one of our physiotherapists. You can book below.

 

Tailoring your Pilates program to your needs

Our qualified and experienced physiotherapists run all of our Pregnancy Pilates classes, meaning your program will always be tailored to your requirements. In addition, if you have Private Health Extras, you can claim a rebate for every session through codes 560 and 561. This can reduce your out-of-pocket costs by up to 75%.

We run a comprehensive timetable with over 30 classes per week.
 

Make a Booking

If you have not yet joined a Viva Pilates Class the first step is to book your introductory appointment.
 
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If you have previously joined in a Viva Pilates Class then please view our Class Timetable where you will be able to book your preferred class.

 

Further Reading

If you would like to read more about exercise in pregnancy, we have some dedicated blog posts you might find interesting.