Pregnancy Pilates classes are available for expecting mums. Pilates is a very gentle way to exercise during pregnancy, targeting the tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints.

Tummy and pelvic floor muscles are put under increasing strain as your baby grows so it is important to strengthen these as well as learn how to release them when you are ready for labour.

The exercises provide a non-sweat, relaxing workout that you can do from 13 weeks. If you have practiced Pilates for many years you will be safe to continue at a low level. However, it is important to consider each individual’s needs, and some exercises may need modifying to suit the stage of pregnancy.