Reformer Pilates for mums and babies is a specialised fitness class designed to provide a safe and effective workout for mothers while also accommodating the presence of their babies. The reformer is a piece of Pilates equipment that consists of a sliding carriage, springs, ropes, and straps to create resistance and assist with various exercises. In a reformer Pilates class for mums and babies, the focus is on helping mothers regain strength, flexibility, and overall fitness after childbirth, all while bonding with their babies.
Here’s how it typically works:
Babies Stay With Mums: In these classes, mothers bring their babies with them. The babies are often placed on a mat/car seat/babychair or in a designated area near the reformer, where they can see their mothers and the surroundings.
Modified Exercises: The exercises accommodate the postpartum bodies of the mothers. The exercises focus on rebuilding core strength, improving posture, and targeting muscle groups that may have been affected during pregnancy and childbirth.
Baby Interaction: Throughout the class, mothers are encouraged to interact with their babies when appropriate. This could include making eye contact, talking, singing, or playing with toys to keep the babies engaged and content.
Body Awareness and Mindfulness: The classes often emphasise body awareness, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. These aspects can help mothers reconnect with their bodies, manage stress, and promote relaxation.
Bonding and Social Interaction: These classes provide a supportive environment for new mums to connect with each other and share their experiences. It’s a space where they can bond over the challenges and joys of motherhood.
Gradual Progression: The exercises in these classes are designed to be progressive, allowing mothers to start at a level that suits their fitness and postpartum recovery. As they regain strength and confidence, they can gradually increase the intensity of their workouts.
Adaptable to Baby’s Needs: The class is generally designed to be flexible and adaptable. If a baby needs attention or feeding during the session, mums are encouraged to attend to their baby’s needs without feeling pressured.
Physical and Emotional Well-being: Reformer Pilates for mums and babies aims to support not only the physical well-being of mothers but also their emotional and mental health. The combination of movement, bonding with the baby, and social interaction can have positive effects on mood and overall well-being.
As with any exercise program after childbirth, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional before starting to ensure that you’re ready for physical activity.