About us at Centred Mums

Centred Mums provides specialist classes for pregnant and postnatal women in St Albans and online. Our classes are built around Pilates; but bring in all sorts of other elements from nutrition to relaxation and more, to create a supportive, non-competitive environment for you to develop your practice.
If you are pregnant or have ever been pregnant – even if that was 20 years ago! – Centred Mums is for you. Our advice and support in how best to stay active and connected to your body can be truly transformative. If you have abdominal separation, pelvic floor issues, or you are unsure how to manage pain when exercising, then please get in touch as we are sure that we can help you! Centred Mums was founded by Grace Lillywhite.

Meet Grace Lillywhite

Hello, I’m Grace, the founder of Centred Mums. I started this exciting and innovative series of wellness programmes to support women throughout their motherhood journey. I have been working with this wonderful population for over ten years and I can’t imagine doing anything more enjoyable or rewarding! I am on a mission to let all women know that pregnancy and postnatal exercise, wellness and nutrition can be vital and life changing. I believe that the way you treat your body during pregnancy, and your postnatal years, will stay with you for the rest of your life. Centred Mums was created because I want to teach as many women as possible how to look after their pregnant and postnatal bodies, and how to connect to their body so they can exercise safely, effectively and in a way that is sustainable. With the knowledge I’ve accumulated from my continuous professional development, my years of experience working with postnatal women, and my understanding of my own body after having two children, I’ve developed teaching techniques to improve pelvic floor and abdominal function.
I’ve successfully rehabilitated Diastasis Recti (using The Center Method), pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic girdle pain, sciatica, sacroiliac joint problems, disc issues and general back pain in the pre and postnatal period. In 2017  taught teacher training workshops for the Pilates Foundation and I was honoured to be asked to become part of the Faculty for The Center for Women’s Fitness in 2018. I stepped down from this role in 2022 to allow me time for my own ventures but was hugely honoured to be a part of such a wonderful collective for 4 years. I’ve attended the following pregnancy and postnatal workshops: I have attended the following pregnancy and postnatal workshops;
  • Pre and Postnatal Pilates (The Center for Women’s Fitness)
  • The Center Method for Diastasis Recovery
  • Diastasis Detective CPD with Claire Mockridge
  • Pelvic Floor Health & Dysfunction (The Center for Women’s Fitness)
  • The Pelvic Floor with Judi DiFiore
  • Practical Fascial Release methods for Movement Professionals
  • Postnatal Recovery Massage (Sophie Messager & Teddy Brookes)
  • Closing the Bones (Sophie Messager)
  • Pre and Postnatal Pilates (The Thoughtful Body)
  • Triyoga Pregnancy Teacher Training with Nadia Narain
  • How to Teach Active Birth two-day course with Janet Balaskas
  • Pilates for Menopause (The Center for Women’s Fitness)
  • UK Hypopressives Level 1 course
  • Optimal Nutrition & Lifestyle for Postnatal Healing & Recovery (Burrell Education)
  • Future Fit Nutrition Advisor
  • Independent Hypnobirthing training with MamaSerene
  • Burrell Education Advanced CPD in Modern Pregnancy Functional Exercise & Birth Preparation Programming
  • Burrell Education Advanced CPD in Modern Post Natal Assessment, Core Restore & Functional Exercise Programming
  • Birth Bliss Doula training with Kicki Hansard
  • Pink Ribbon Program with Doreen Puglisi
  • Buff Bones with Rebekah Rotstein
  • Currently working towards Your Pelvic Matters pelvic floor specialist training
I look forward to hopefully meeting you, and working with you, soon!
Center Method Certified
Certified by the Center for Womens Fitness
Burrell Education Graduate
Burrell Education Graduate
Mama Serene
Future Fit
Guild of Pregnancy Postnatal Exercise Instructors
Body Ready Method


Samantha Harris

“I always look forward to attending Grace’s classes and I love how I feel after going to them. Grace was the person who identified and has virtually fixed my diastasis recti (not the doctor). I can safely say if I hadn’t been for her I would still be suffering with backache.”



“Grace is the best pilates teacher I’ve ever had! She possesses an enormous wealth of knowledge on pregnancy and post-natal pilates, and she is constantly expanding this knowledge.”


Jenny Austin

“I didn’t realise how important this kind of rehabilitation is for my body until I started the classes and it really was one of the best decisions I made during my maternity leave!”

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