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Pre and post natal gym classes

Physical activity is very beneficial during and after childbirth.
However, it is important to practice it safely, taking into account the changes in the body due to pregnancy and childbirth.
This is why we have created suitable gymnastics classes for the pre and postpartum period, all provided by our physiotherapists specializing in women’s care and perineum rehabilitation.
These pre-natal and post-natal gymnastics classes, open to all levels (beginner to experienced), are tailored to your needs. 

A prior appointment with one of our specialized physiotherapists will be necessary to check that there are no contraindications to practicing a sport and to determine your specific needs.
Our goal is to allow you to have a peaceful and happy pregnancy as well as a good recovery after childbirth for a fulfilling life with your baby, without inconvenience!

Pre-natal gym class

How to stay active during pregnancy and prepare for childbirth?

 

Duration of an ante-natal gymnastics class: 60 minutes

• 25-30 min of cardiovascular training on a ball
• 20 min of gentle strengthening
• 15 min of perineum exercises, stretching, advice for pregnancy.

2 sessions / month

For beginners:

• Avoid starting a physical activity during the 1 st trimester, wait until the start of the 2 nd trimester

For the experienced:

Physical activity can be practiced from the start of your pregnancy.

The practice of a physical activity, allows to stay active and prevents a large number of diseases.

During your pregnancy, moving will become less easy due to weight gain and increased fatigue.

But with some physical exercise, you will limit these problems and avoid the rather common vicious cycle of letting yourself go without doing anything.

  • Listen to your body, stop yourself if you are too tired: the goal is not performance during pregnancy.
  • Bring a bottle of water: Remember to hydrate yourself before / during / after exercise: you drink for 2!
  • Put on newer sports sneakers and wear a sports bra to avoid chest pain.

Sport is strictly prohibited during pregnancy in case of:

  • Heart disease
  • Already dilated cervix
  • Multiple pregnancy (3 or more babies)
  • Repeated miscarriage in the first 3 months of pregnancy
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Placenta previa
 

The practice of physical exercises requires a medical check-up beforehand for women suffering from:

  • Anemic
  • Diabetic
  • Obese
  • Sedentary (if you have never exercised before pregnancy)
  • Anorexic
  • Epileptic
  • Lung, heart or thyroid problems

Price: £ 20 – Duration: 1 hour

The second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. in our Kentish Town office

 

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Post-natal gym class

Resume physical activity while protecting the abdominals and perineum!

The Post-Natal Gymnastics class lasts 60 minutes:

20 min of gentle muscular awakening by hypopressive  / breathing / perineum techniques

• 10 min of gentle strengthening

• 10 min of stretching, exercise advice for recovery after childbirth

2 sessions / month

Never start impact sports before 6 weeks postpartum.

Indeed, following pregnancy and the trauma of childbirth, ligaments and muscles are too fragile to ensure correct static.

Before any impact sports session, take  a check-up of your perineum and perineo-abdomino-postural rehabilitation  with a physiotherapist or a midwife.

Do not hesitate to seek advice from your physiotherapist before, during or after the sports session.

For more information on the changes related to childbirth and the rehabilitation exercises to do before resuming a sport, click on the following link:
 How to resume sport after childbirth

Well-conducted, adapted-intensity physical activity has been associated with:

  • a lower incidence of postpartum depression
  • faster return to pre-partum weight
  • strengthening of the abdominal strap
  • improved postural control and statics
  • improved sleep (always useful)!
  • Start gradually.
  • Alert us if any of the symptoms listed in the following tab appear.
  • Change sports shoes (and yes the foot has changed, lengthened during pregnancy)
  • If breastfeeding, it is advisable to express your milk before class to avoid the accumulation of lactic acid created during exertion.
  • Release the pressure: it’s a nice moment of relaxation, just for YOU.

Returning to sport requires a correct abdominal perineal assessment beforehand in the event of a cesarean section, episiotomy or urinary incontinence. This assessment can be done by one of our  physiotherapists specializing in women’s care or a midwife .

Exercises should be delayed and in the event of:

  • heaviness in the lower abdomen
  • urine or rectal leaks
  • difficulty retaining vaginal or anal gas.
 

In this case, it is essential to redo an assessment of the perineum and rehabilitation with a professional.

In our practice, all these points are discussed individually with our physiotherapists before any gymnastic session.

Price : £ 20 – Duration : 1 h

The second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. in our Kentish Town office

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TESTIMONIALS

Words of patients!

Started with Mathilde at My French Physio 6 months ago after a knee operation. While always pushing me to work as hard as I can to recover, she is always very mindful of any pain or apprehension I might have. Mathilde has definitely played a very big part in my quick recovery! Nouria, the secretary, is also extremely nice and helpful for any queries I have. The team at My French Physio has definitely made my recovery a lot more fun than expected, would highly recommend!”

Pauline S.

Elodie and Virgil have helped me and my children after both births for perineum physio and osteopathy. They form a strong team of professionals and are always very friendly. Their home visits are certainly a plus for mums. I cannot recommend them enough.”

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“I have seen the team at My French Physio for the last 3-4 years after giving birth to my daughters and they are absolutely fantastic. Very professional, approachable and extremely good in their field, I can highly recommend them to anyone. Both Élodie and Virgil have helped me a lot!”

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