What qualifications does the instructor have?

All our Pilates instructors are Chartered Physiotherapist having completed a BSc Hons degree. Our Antenatal and Postnatal classes are led by our Principal Instructor and owner of ReCoop Health Rachel Cooper. Rachel has experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions such as lower back pain, SPD, SIJ dysfunction and postural imbalances related to pregnancy. As well as practicing as a physiotherapist and teaching Pilates classes Rachel is also a presenter for the APPI teaching other health professionals about remedial Pilates and Antenatal &Postnatal Pilates. This ensures you will be provided with expert class instruction in a safe environment, which has been specifically designed to meet the physical demands of pregnancy.


      Can anyone practice Pilates during Pregnancy?

      If you have never done Pilates before you are advised to wait until you are in your 2nd trimester. If you are generally fit and health and have been participating in sport prior to your pregnancy you can choose when you wish to start Pilates.  You will be asked to seek verbal medical clearance from your GP/midwife if you’re generally in good health. However, if you have previously had complications during this or other pregnancies such as miscarriages, continual bleeding or have undergone IVF treatment you will need written consent.

      If you are expecting twins you will need written consent to start classes and may find that you cannot continue for as long as some of the other ladies. Those ladies expecting triplets or more 1:1 sessions are advised. 


     Contraindications to exercise

If you have been told you have any of the following unfortunately taking up group exercise is not suitable as this time however, on discuss with your GP/midwife 1:1 sessions maybe suitable:

Haemodynamically significant heart disease

Restrictive lung disease (COPD)

Incompetent cervix

Persistent second or third trimester bleeding

Placenta previa after 26 weeks gestation

Premature labour during current pregnancy

Ruptured membranes

      Preeclampsia (Pregnancy induced hypertension)


      What is the difference between an Antenatal Pilates class and a general Pilates class? 

      Antenatal Pilates classes included modified positions such as inclined lying to enable you to perform exercises safely for you and baby. The classes are designed to focus on the specific needs of ladies during pregnancy such as maintaining joint mobility and flexibility, emphasising posture and pelvic floor exercises and providing relaxation. There are some exercises and positions which are contraindicated during pregnancy.


     Are there any warning signs to terminate Pilates exercises?

      If you experience any of the following during a Pilates class or when exercising in general please stop, alert the instructor and discuss continuing exercising with your GP/midwife before returning to class:

Vaginal bleeding

Shortness of before exertion


Headache (sign of dehydration)

Chest pain or palpitations

Muscle weakness

Calf pain or swelling

Pre-term labour

Decreased fetal movement (less than 6-8 movements per hour for more than 4hours)

Abdominal pain, especially back or pubic

Excessive fatigue

Pelvic girdle pain

Amniotic fluid leakage

SOGC/CSEP 2003; ACOG 2002; SMA 2002;RCOG 2006


What do I need to bring or wear?

Please come in comfortable clothing which will allow you to move freely.  It is best if these are of natural fibres such as cotton as they prevent overheating. All equipment (to include mats, blocks, towels, wedges and small equipment) is provided for you. Although there is a kitchen onsite please feel free to bring a bottle of water for during the class. You will be required to remove your shoes, for health and safety reasons normal socks are not allowed in the studio, totes socks, bare feet or Pilates socks (available from the clinic) must be worn.