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The Benefits of Clinical Pilates During Pregnancy: A Guide for Expecting Mums

Emma Glynn
Managing Executive and Senior Physiotherapist at Life Ready Physio + Pilates Camberwell

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it also comes with its share of physical challenges. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, you might experience discomfort, reduced mobility, and even pain. This is where Clinical Pilates, especially when guided by a physiotherapist trained in women’s health, can be a game-changer.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on improving strength, flexibility, balance, and posture. Unlike a standard Pilates class, Clinical Pilates is tailored to your specific physical and wellbeing needs, which are especially important when you’re pregnant. It involves exercises that are safe for both you and your baby, designed to support your changing body (1).

Benefits of Clinical Pilates During Pregnancy

  1. Improved Core Strength: As your baby grows, your center of gravity shifts, putting extra strain on your back and pelvis. Clinical Pilates helps strengthen your core muscles, providing better support for your back and reducing the risk of back pain (2).
  2. Enhanced Pelvic Floor Function: Strengthening your pelvic floor is crucial during pregnancy. A strong pelvic floor supports your bladder, bowel, and uterus, reducing the risk of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse both during and after pregnancy. Clinical Pilates exercises are specifically designed to target and strengthen these muscles (3).
  3. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Exercise is known to boost your mood and reduce stress. The mindful movements and controlled breathing techniques in Pilates can help calm your mind, reducing anxiety and promoting a sense of wellbeing (4).
  4. Preparation for Labor and Delivery: Clinical Pilates prepares your body for the physical demands of labor and delivery. The exercises help build stamina, improve breathing control, and enhance muscle strength, making it easier for you to manage labor pains and delivery (5).
  5. Faster Postpartum Recovery: Engaging in regular Clinical Pilates during pregnancy can lead to a quicker recovery post-birth. Stronger muscles and better overall fitness levels can help you return to your pre-pregnancy activities (5).

Why Choose a Physio with Women’s Health Training?

A physiotherapist with specialised training in women’s health understands the unique challenges and changes that occur during pregnancy. They can provide personalised Pilates programs tailored to your specific needs and ensure that the exercises are safe and effective. Their extended clinical knowledge and understanding ensures that you’re performing the exercises correctly, reducing the risk of injury and maximising the benefits.

Ready to Get Started?

Clinical Pilates offers a multitude of benefits for expecting mums, making it an excellent choice for maintaining your health and well-being during pregnancy. If you’re interested in experiencing these benefits, we invite you to join our Mums and Bubs Pilates classes or Prenatal Pilates classes at Life Ready Physio + Pilates Camberwell!




  1. Perales, M., Santos-Lozano, A., Ruiz, J. R., Lucia, A., & Barakat, R. (2016). Benefits of exercise during pregnancy. International Journal of Women’s Health, 8, 505-518.
  2. Wells, C., Kolt, G. S., Marshall, P., Hill, B., & Bialocerkowski, A. (2014). The effectiveness of Pilates exercise in people with chronic low back pain: A systematic review. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 18(2), 190-200.
  3. Bø, K., & Sherburn, M. (2005). Evaluation of female pelvic-floor muscle function and strength. Physical Therapy, 85(3), 269-282.
  4. Peluso, M. A. M., & de Andrade, L. H. S. G. (2005). Physical activity and mental health: The association between exercise and mood. Clinics, 60(1), 61-70
  5. Johnson, E. G., Larsen, A., Ozawa, H., Wilson, C. A., & Kennedy, B. (2018). The effects of Pilates-based exercise on postpartum women: A systematic review. Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy, 42(2), 87-102


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