Antenatal exercise programme
Keep moving, pain free, through pregnancy; prepare physically for birth; aid your recovery after birth.
PhysioNatal Thrive is a structured 6-week course designed and led by a pregnancy Pilates trained Chartered Physiotherapist. It is suitable for all stages of pregnancy from 12 weeks onwards.
Each session involves 15 mins of discussion before 45 mins of Pilates and other exercises. The topics covered are:
Changes in the body and exercising during pregnancy
Learn what changes you can expect in your body and how it will affect you. How you can keep fit and active through pregnancy and be confident you are doing the right things. Find out the benefits of keeping active through pregnancy and what to do if you don’t usually exercise.
The pelvic floor.
Discover the functions of the pelvic floor and how is it affected by pregnancy and birth. How to exercise it to strengthen it and how to release it for birthing.
Pelvic girdle and back pain.
Find out why it happens in pregnancy. (No your pelvis isn’t ‘out’ and doesn’t need to be ‘put back in!’) Learn what you can do about it.
Discover what and where is the perineum and how you can prepare it for birth using self massage
Birth preparation and optimal foetal positioning.
Find out about the movements of the pelvis, how it helps the birth process and positions you can use during birthing. Discover how you can help the baby get in a good position for birth.
Advice on how to look after yourself during those early days and what to avoid. Find out what is normal after birth, what isn’t and when should you seek help.
Learn exercises, stretches and movements to increase body awareness, improve pelvic mobility, improve efficiency of movement and maintain strength. The exercises are a mix of Pilates, gym ball and other movement concepts.
Class participants will need to bring their own exercise ball and mat to each class; all other equipment is provided (See FAQs for sizing).
After each class you will be emailed handouts describing that week’s exercises and containing all the information from the discussion topic.
Classes are held on Saturday mornings from 9.30-10.30 am in Copford Village Hall, Colchester, Essex.
PhysioNatal Thrive Course Dates 2019
Course 1: Starts 12 Jan, continues on 19th Jan, 26th Jan, 2nd Feb, 9th Feb, 16th Feb
Course 2: Starts 16th Feb, continues on 23rd Feb, 2nd Mar, 9th Mar, 16 Mar, 23rd Mar
Course 3: Starts 4th May, continues on 11th May, 25th May, 15th June, 22nd June, 29th June
Course 4: Starts 6th July, continues on 13th July, 20th July, 3rd Aug, 10th Aug, 17th Aug
Course 5: Starts 7th Sept, continues on 14th Sept, 21st Sept, 28th Sept, 5th Oct and 12th Oct
Course of 6 classes including information and exercise handouts
“Tanya’s class is excellent! I started the class because of pelvic girdle pain during my second pregnancy. I have found that the exercises really help with the pain but also the classes are so informative that I wish I had known about them during my first pregnancy. I have learnt so much and I would highly recommend!”
“I can’t recommend this class highly enough. I have always had a dodgy back and had tried Pilates years ago but it didn’t really work for me. I decided to try it during pregnancy and it has been amazing. Tanya is a fantastic tutor who not only teaches you exercise moves, but also provides handouts as reminders and really useful information at the start of each class about all different aspects of pregnancy and birth. If you’re considering taking a pregnancy class, this is a great one.”
Antenatal and Postnatal Classes Venue
Copford Village Hall, School Road, Copford, Colchester, CO6 1BX