We're Now Offering FREE Pre & Postnatal Pilates Classes!

by Georgia Knott

Hi, my name is Georgia. I am a Pilates Instructor running online classes to help keep everyone moving during this difficult and unusual time. Up until March, I was teaching regular Pilates classes in studios in London since then I have moved everything online.

I love bringing people Pilates in homes all over the world (I have regular clients across the UK, in Australia, Dubai and Europe). I love that it has made Pilates more accessible to people- you can now literally roll out of bed to start a class!

In this post, you will find out more about what Pilates is, as well as why it is so beneficial for women pre and post-birth.

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What is Pilates?

I thought I would start this with a little introduction to what Pilates is as people often get mixed up with Pilates and Yoga when they are actually quite different…

Pilates is a low impact workout (which is why it is ideal for pre and postnatal women) that helps to strengthen your body, improve your posture and flexibility as well as relieve stress and tension. There is a real focus on building core strength, which in turn will help you in day-to-day life.

Like Yoga, Pilates has a big emphasis on the breath. However, to confuse things more, Pilates breathing is the opposite way around to Yoga. The breath pattern in Pilates is inhaling through your nose and exhale through pursed lips (like you’re blowing out candles!). The breathing is directed into your ribs- known as ‘lateral breathing’. This style of breath helps to keep your abdominal muscles activated while still being able to breathe deeply. This is explained more in my online classes.

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What are the benefits of doing Pilates when pregnant?

  • Strengthen pelvic floor
  • Posture awareness
  • Prevent back pain
  • Prevent/ minimise diastasis recti
  • Strengthen core
  • Speed up recovery postpartum
  • Improve general fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Relieve stress and tension

* Please note that you must have permission from your doctor or midwife before you start exercising.

* It is also recommended that you don’t start a new form of exercise when pregnant.

What are the benefits of doing Pilates post-birth?

  • Strengthen pelvic floor
  • Regain good posture
  • Prevent back pain
  • Improve diastasis recti
  • Strengthen core
  • Restores confidence
  • Improve general fitness, health and wellbeing
  • Relieve stress and tension.

* Please note that you must have permission from your doctor or midwife before you start exercising.

* It is recommended that you don’t start Pilates any earlier than 6 weeks postnatal or 12 weeks if you have had a C Section.

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Classes coming up?

I am really excited to have teamed up with Your Baby Club to bring you a free online G-ILATES Pilates class every Wednesday on Instagram.

I also run regular weekly online classes which includes doing a pre and postnatal Pilates class.

If you are looking for a more tailored session please get in touch about booking in for a 1:1 session, this is completely specific to you and your goals. It’s a great way of ensuring you are getting the exercises correct and furthering your understanding of the Pilates principles.

For more information or to book a session please see website: www.gilates.com or follow on Instagram for the latest news and regular tips: @gilatespilates


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Written by

Georgia Knott

Pilates Instructor and Founder of G-ILATES.
I’m Georgia, the founder of G-ILATES (@gilatepilates). G-ILATES runs a range of Pilates classes each week, including pre + postnatal classes. Due to lockdown, I have moved all classes online and I am loving bringing Pilates to homes all over the world (including Australia, UK, Dubai, and all over Europe). I am passionate about helping to keep everyone moving during this difficult and unusual time. I have teamed up with Your Baby Club to bring you a FREE Pilates class every Wednesday- each week will be a different class (some weeks focusing on prenatal exercises, some weeks focusing on postnatal).

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