PILATES AND WELLBEING

Your Fourth Trimester

The postnatal early days are renowned for being hard work. Women need to be supported and nurtured through this period of change and the Fourth Trimester Package will guide you and sustain you as you adjust to life as a new family.

What we offer

The fourth trimester is considered to be the first three months of motherhood. In the same way as your newborn baby is adjusting to a new life outside the womb, after your birth you will enter entirely new territory. Particularly if this is your first baby, you are starting a new phase in your life and this requires support and nurturing of you and not just your baby. Alongside the demands of feeding and caring for your baby, you will spend the first few months of motherhood healing from birth, both physically and emotionally.

This package is suitable for you if you:

  • are pregnant or have had a baby in the last 12 weeks
  • would like nurturing support in your physical and emotional recovery from pregnancy and birth
  • have concerns about abdominal separation or pelvic floor dysfunction
  • have back pain, sciatica or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • would like access to practical, easy to apply advice about nutrition and self care

It is advice that is very hard to heed but I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to prioritise your own well-being just as much as your baby’s so she you be as enduring and confident as possible to nurture your little one. Your Fourth Trimester package includes:

  • a 90 minute home visit including birth debriefing, postnatal recovery massage, introduction to breathing techniques for pelvic floor and abdominal rehabilitation
  • access to an exclusive members area including videos of suitable exercises for the first 12 weeks after birth
  • nutrition advice and easy to make recipes for new mums
  • priority booking for mum & baby classes suitable from 6 weeks after a vaginal birth or 8-12 weeks after a caesarean birth
  • an equipment bundle including a fascial release ball, a spiky massage ball, a Pilates over ball and a theraband

I would love to help support you during your fourth trimester by giving you access to these amazing services. You should not be exercising until after you have been cleared by the GP but even in the early days, there are gentle ways to mobilise and support your recovery that I can advise you on. You will be given a ‘no pressure’ daily movement and breathing (not exercise!) plan that you can do when you have the energy/inclination and skip when you don’t!

FAQs

Where will the session take place?
I will come to your home to allow you to relax fully without having to get yourself and the baby out of the house!

Can my baby be there during the treatment?
I would recommend that you find someone to come and help with the baby during your session. While I am very comfortable with babies and you may need to stop to feed etc, if a baby just needs to be held it is going to be difficult for you or I to facilitate that during the treatment.

How soon can I have this treatment?
As soon as you are ready! It is suitable from immediately after your birth for a vaginal delivery. For a caesarean birth I would recommend you wait 6 weeks to all the scar to heal (although I won’t be touching the scar directly)

What do I need to wear?
Old clothes (so we don’t get oil on them) and a wireless bra or sports bra.

Testimonials:

Alex Ball

“I have been attending one of Grace’s classes for almost a year now after a recommendation from a friend. I had diastasis recti (separation of my abdominal muscles) following my first & second child so was keen to strengthen my core & know what I should & shouldn’t do in terms of regular exercise.”

 

Eleanor Corey

“I’ve been going to Grace’s classes for just 6 months having had 3 babies and I’m slowly regaining my core. Her classes are small, calm, tailored to the individuals in the room and the highlight of my week!”

 

Vicki Cocker

“Grace helped me to restrengthen my core and close my DR which caused mild but acute lower back pain following the birth of my children. My lower back pain has completely gone. Grace has a lovely, calm way which adds to the feeling of self-nurture during her classes which is so important during the postnatal period. Definitely recommend!”