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Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting journey. A time to appreciate the sacredness of life and the body’s ability to nurture and carry a child. It also provides you with 9 months to prepare yourself physically, mentally and emotionally for bringing a new little person into the world.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ROCG, 2006) states that all women should be encouraged to participate in conditioning exercises as a part of a healthy lifestyle during their pregnancy. They also recommend that women should choose activities that will minimize the risk of loss of balance or fetal trauma. Thus few programmes are more ideal than Pilates with a pre and postnatal certified instructor.

The many benefits of prenatal Pilates include preventing back and neck pain, efficient breathing techniques to aid in labour, preventing varicose veins and learning to control your pelvic floor muscles.

While there are many physical changes occurring in your body, they are reflected in your emotional being. Prenatal Pilates trainers are equipped to work with you to embrace the changes, learn to relax and to connect with your body, enhancing your self-confidence.

(Body Mechanix requires approval from your gynecologist before proceeding with a training programme).