‘The Bump Room’ are pregnancy fitness classes that are designed and led by Chartered Physiotherapists. The classes incorporate exercises from yoga, pilates and strengthening techniques tailored for pregnancy. There are currently Bump Rooms in Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Macroom, Sligo, Clare, Tipperary and Mayo. The growth of The Bump Room is due to word of mouth and the support of obstetricians and midwives who have seen first-hand the benefits. Each Bump Room instructor receives specific training and this training is ongoing.
Why The Bump Room?
Every exercise is chosen to challenge and support women as their body changes during pregnancy ;
- Strengthen areas prone to weakness from ligament laxity
- Stretch areas prone to tightness from postural changes
- Limit fluid retention
- Helps minimise pelvic pain and joint discomfort.
Use of the gym ball is central to The Bump Room as it allows for movement of the pelvis in a supported way.
The Bump Room is a great meeting place for mums-to-be which is sociable and supportive. We are very mindful of the need for perinatal support during pregnancy and The Bump Room acts as an informal social support for the women who attend our classses.
Each class ends with a 10 minute discussion with a leaflet on the following:
- The Top Five Tips of the Bump Room- includes pelvic floor info, sleeping positions, how to roll out of bed and how to do a poo properly!
- Perineal massage and c-section scar massage
- Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain- covers everything you need to know and the best exercises for this common uncomfortable condition.
- Post natal leaflet- what’s normal and what is not normal during the post natal period.
- Labour- positions, pain relief, birth plans.
We guarantee that every woman leaves the Bump Room feeling limber, relaxed, informed and destined for a good’s night sleep.