Is Pilates safe to do during Pregnancy?

Exercise during pregnancy is a worry for many women as they fear they might harm their unborn child. Pilates is a gentle form of exercise which focuses specifically on the muscles most affected during pregnancy. As a low impact exercise method, it allows the practitioner to perform the exercises without putting strain on either the joints of the back. As such it is viewed as one of the safest forms of exercise for a pregnant woman. It is felt that the strengthening of the core and pelvis floor muscles allows for an easier pregnancy, delivery, and post birth recovery.

Pilates and your pregnancy, step by step.

  • During the first trimester;

Many women feel fatigued and nauseous and need a gentler, flowing form of exercise. Pilates concentrates on improving breathing techniques, improving flexibility, and strengthening your body while give your mind space to concentrate and relax. Many women find Pilates invigorating and a way to connect with their changing body.

  • The second trimester;

Brings a change in hormones which leaves many women feeling energize. At this stage your Pilates routine concentrates on the pelvis floor, back and abdominal, preparing the muscles in preparation for the third trimester and the delivery.

  • The third trimester;

Can be physically tiring for many women and hormones are released to loosen the pelvic joints can cause back pain. The additional weight can lead to a lack of balance, poor posture, swollen legs and varicose veins are common . Pilates helps all of these conditions by strengthening the central or “core” muscles which in turn leads to improved posture and circulation.

  • At delivery:

Women claim Pilates has helped their delivery because of their improved muscle tone, circulation (more oxygen to the womb which is less distressing for the baby) and breathing techniques

  • Resuming Pilates after Childbirth

Women can generally return to Pilates four to six weeks after delivery, or eight to twelve weeks after a Caesarean section. Your doctor will advise you on when your body is ready. Pilates will help your body regain its shape and tone and strengthen muscles that have been weakened during your pregnancy. Exercises can be adapted to individual needs, so whether you have had a vaginal or caesarian delivery, a safe workout can be developed to target particular muscle groups.

SimplyBePilates strongly recommend private or semi private classes for pre and post natal.

We have great instructors full trained at international level with over 10 years experience – you will be in safe hands with SimplyBePilates … but …Dont believe us ask us for our clients opinions, see how the classes are from our mums to be!

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