Antenatal Exercise Classes are a tried and tested method of improving strength and flexibility around the pelvis, back and hips. Thereby allowing women experiencing low back, pelvic and hip pain to manage their symptoms.
There are a number of other classes held throughout Cardiff which are designed for pregnant women. The UHB and Cardiff Council have joined forces to offer a range of antenatal classes in various leisure centres. See the Bump into Action leaflet for full details, and for information about the classes which are currently running, visit the Cardiff Council website. For specific Pilates Antenatal classes please see our list of Council/Private/Physiotherapy Pilates classes in Cardiff.
Please refer to our list of conditions which require medical supervision while undertaking exercise in pregnancy, which also includes a list of warning signs to terminate exercise.
For some women during pregnancy the abdominal muscles develop a gap as their baby grows and develops. This gap is given many names, but anatomically it is the Diastasis (meaning gap) Rectus Abdominis Muscle, abbreviated to DRAM. It is important to know how to measure this gap and what advice and exercises to follow in order to help reduce it. You’re Midwife may refer you into a Physiotherapy Triage appointment in order for a Physiotherapist to assess your abdominal muscles and teach you exercises to help maintain strength until your baby arrives.
Please see our DRAM information sheet for further information.