Pilates and Pregnancy
There are many proven benefits to Pre-natal exercise. These benefits include enhanced mood and self esteem, lower incidence of excessive weight gain, improved posture and improved circulation. Just to name a few!
I often get calls from pregnant ladies saying that they want to exercise during pregnancy but are afraid of harming the baby or themselves. Pilates is a low impact form of exercise and is therefore considered one of the best forms of exercise for pregnant women. It is said that the improved strength in the back, stomach and pelvic areas that is gained in a Pilates classs will allow for an easier pregnancy, delivery and recovery.
The Pilates technique focuses first on strengthening up the core muscles – the lower abdominals and pelvic floor. These muscles stabilise the pelvis and will help to carry the growing weight of the baby and help to reduce back pain during pregnancy. When pregnant, your centre of gravity will change and the weight of the baby will usually pull the shoulders forward or round the back. A Pilates class will work on lengthening out the spine with exercises that will strengthen up the back muscles and help to open out the shoulders.
There are adaptations that need to be made for pregnant clients when exercising, some for health reasons and some for comfort. Therefore it is important to ensure that your instructor is specifically trained to teach pregnant clients and is aware of those necessary modifications.
Best of luck to any pregnant ladies reading this. Feel free to contact me to discuss a suitable class for you.
Anna @ Pilates Centre