Many women enjoy the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy and postpartum. Pilates is a low-impact (no jumping around!) way of being active that aims to improve posture and movement. It is usually done on a mat, but you can also use special apparatus at our studio that has been designed to work on different muscle groups.
As we grow bigger our structures and structures change and our spaces expand. Being active will not only promote a healthier baby but you as a mother will have a better ability post baby recovery. The most common enquiry i get is that of the linea alba separation and what can be done to recruit it back.
Pilates helps maintain stability, promotes postural awareness, strengthens the pelvic floor and abdominal wall to name a few. We understand the physical and psycho-emotional changes that can occur during the pre/ post natal period so adapt the work to include central nervous programming including specific breathing and R brain activity.
What are the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy?
- There is little research on the benefits of pregnancy Pilates – but it could help prevent aches and pains while you’re expecting.
- It strengthens and stretches your core muscles and could help your body cope with carrying the extra weight of your growing baby as well as preparing you for childbirth and recovering afterwards.
- Be careful not to over-exert yourself or stretch too much. And once you get to being 16 weeks pregnant, avoid exercises where you lie on your back.
- As with all exercise during pregnancy, if you feel any pain it’s important to stop straight away.
How can I make sure Pilates is safe for me in pregnancy?
- As there’s not a lot of research on pregnancy Pilates, make sure you look for a specific pregnancy class or a one-to-one teacher who has trained to work with pregnant women.
- If you choose a class, make sure the teacher is qualified and tell them how many weeks pregnant you are.
- A teacher who is qualified to work with pregnant women should be able to adapt the exercises to suit your changing body at each stage of your pregnancy.
- If you already do non-pregnancy Pilates classes, tell your teacher you’re pregnant. Your teacher may be trained to work with women during pregnancy or might suggest a pregnancy class that would be better for you at this time.