We all know women’s bodies are amazing and strong, capable of creating and sustaining life. But once our little creations are born our bodies need a chance to rest and recover. Each pregnancy and birth is different for every woman, but studies show some gentle exercise can help your journey to motherhood and beyond.
So, what is your core and why is it important?
Commonly described as your midsection, your core is more than just your abdominal muscles. It also includes your back and pelvic muscles as well as the muscles around your hips. Its purpose is to provide stability, strength and help prevent injury.
Exercising to support your core while pregnant should always be done with your practitioner’s approval, but once you’ve got the go-ahead there’s nothing stopping you from exploring the classes on offer at Trunk Studios in Dulwich Hill.
Don’t let your current fitness level stop you from joining one of their yoga, pilates or barre classes – it’s an Instagram myth you need to be perfectly toned before you can begin. The friendly, hands-on teachers at Trunk Studios teach for all levels, adjusting movements depending on each member’s ability.
Prenatal and postnatal exercise
It’s important to develop your core muscles during your pregnancy. A strong core will help to keep you more comfortable as you carry your growing bundle. A gentle yoga or pilates practice supports your back so you can maintain correct posture and avoid the arching and straining as your pregnancy progresses.
While pre-natal exercise helps prepare you for birth, post-natal exercise is just as important to maintain strength and mobility for all of the extra bending and lifting you’ll be doing as a new mum.
The smaller class sizes at Trunk Studios means that the experienced teachers have the time to work with each member’s specific needs, ensuring that you’ll get the most out of each session.
Life with a baby can be unpredictable and hectic. Rima, the owner of Trunk Studios knows this first-hand. That’s why she’s scheduled over 70 class times a week across yoga, mat pilates, reformer pilates and barre. There’s bound to be a class available when you are! And there’s no need to fret about who will look after your munchkin, pop them into the onsite creche so you know they’re safe while you’re grabbing some well-deserved ‘you time’.
Address: 404 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill