Everything You Need To Know About Pilates During Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy can be tricky…

Physically toning up with a bump can be difficult and emotionally it’s hard to commit to a routine when your body is going through so may changes…

For some pregnant women even committing to what they want for lunch can cause nausea and a meltdown in the food court…

If you’re not sure where to start with your pregnancy exercise plan Pilates could help you…

Pilates has some amazing health benefits and is a great choice of exercise for pregnant women.

Obviously while pregnant it is not a great idea to push yourself too hard…

Pilates during pregnancy

Pilates classes are a great place to meet other mums

Your body needs to be relaxed, calm and looked after. Now is not the time to take up acrobatics or train for a marathon…

But it’s still very important you maintain muscle strength. Pregnancy can weaken your joints and ligaments.

Pilates during pregnancy is a great way to maintain your physical fitness and care for your body without causing strains or damages. Pilates exercises are low resistance movements that build muscles strength gradually.

The routines are extremely flexible. It is easy to modify exercises and tailor a work out plan unique to your needs. As your body changes Pilates can adapt with you…

As wonderful as pregnancy is it does take a huge toll on your body (yep we understand how much you are aching and creaking) and you’ll probably have some areas that really need attention.

The main benefit of practising Pilates during pregnancy is that all muscles groups are worked on equally. Balanced exercises mean your body gets an all over work out and no areas are forgotten. Especially the parts of your body that need attention the most during pregnancy.

If you are suffering from pregnancy backache Pilates can help realign your posture. Working on your spine helps to alleviate the strain caused by carrying extra weight up front. And the core building exercises can build up your core and pelvic floor muscles ready for later stages of pregnancy and your eventual due date.

Even the breathing exercises taught to focus your mind on your physical movements may come in useful for stress relief and could possibly be used in the delivery room (if you actually remember anything about yourself at that point..)

Pilates during pregnancy is also perfectly safe. Pilates for pregnancy courses are always designed with care and our Pilates instructors at Yoga Harmony have a lot of experience of working with pregnant students.

During pregnancy the only big change in Pilates practice is that you’ll need to avoid laying on your back or inversions due to restricting your blood supply. You may also notice that the pace may be slower. Unfortunately pregnancy does drain your energy (if you haven’t experienced this yet, just wait you’re in for a treat…) and decreases flexibility so Pilates classes have to work around this.

If you have any questions about practising Pilates during pregnancy please feel free to have a chat with us at Yoga Harmony. We believe that Pilates is for everyone.

Have you continued Pilates during your pregnancy? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments below…



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