Which classes are suitable during pregnancy?
We’re often asked which of our classes are suitable through pregnancy. Well, good news! Pretty much all of our classes can be adapted to accommodate you through this special time in your life.
A note on exercising while pregnant
When it comes to exercising during pregnancy, the general consensus is that any form of exercise you’ve been doing prior to pregnancy (with some exceptions for things like contact or high-risk activities) is okay to continue. And if you haven’t been exercising prior to pregnancy? It’s still better to get moving as regular physical activity has been shown to have health benefits and can help to prepare the body for childbirth. The trick here is to start small and build up slowly to ensure you don’t overdo it.
Which classes can you do?
The classes at Grounded that are suitable during pregnancy, whether you’ve been doing them beforehand or not, include:
• Reformer Pilates
• Mat Pilates
• Yin yoga
• Functional fit (we would only recommend this if you’ve been doing it prior to falling pregnant)
What do you need to know about attending Grounded classes during pregnancy?
The most important thing is to advise your instructor that you are pregnant prior to the class commencing. It’s a good idea to tell them how far along you are as well since some things will need to be modified at different stages in the pregnancy.
For example, after 16 weeks it’s advisable not to lie flat on your back as the weight of your bump can compress some key blood vessels which can reduce blood flow to your baby and make you feel faint. Your instructor will adapt according to your needs but also make sure you take things at your own pace and ensure you don’t get too hot. Overheating during pregnancy can be problematic to your baby so keep your intensity moderate and water on hand.
Remember too to listen to your body. What felt good prior to pregnancy might not feel the same for you now. It’s not a time to push too hard or challenge yourself.
How often should you exercise during pregnancy?
In an ideal world, include some form of movement every day throughout your pregnancy. This doesn’t have to mean an exercise class each day—anything from a gentle walk to some at-home stretching counts. That said, 1-2 Pilates classes, 1-2 yoga sessions and a strength-based class each week would be perfect to keep you fit and healthy through your pregnancy and beyond.
Got more questions? We’re happy to help. Connect with someone from our team today and we can guide you as to the best way to approach your movement options at Grounded through your pregnancy.