Pregnancy Pilates

 

Pregnancy is generally a very exciting time for a woman, however, the tummy and pelvic floor muscles are put under increasing strain as the baby grows bigger and the body can quickly lose its natural balance and posture.


During pregnancy, your tummy muscles are stretched over your growing baby and if they are weak, you may develop back or pelvic pain. Your weakened pelvic floor muscles may become less supportive to your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb), and move lower down into your pelvis under your baby's weight.


As pilates exercises target the tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, the exercises are ideal for pregnant mummies.


Your instructor will devise a personalised program which will be adjusted at each trimester to accommodate the changes in your bodies’ shape and weight and to assist you in minimising any pain or discomfort in the pelvic region.


Your program will prepare and strengthen your body and the pelvic floor muscles for your birthing experience and also to assist you in a quicker recovery.


It is quite common for pregnant women to shy away from exercise, fearing that somehow this would harm the baby. On the contrary, exercise is good for you during pregnancy. Do what makes you feel good and attempt to maintain a good level of fitness throughout your pregnancy. - pilates moonee ponds


 

Benefits of Pilates during Pregnancy

 
  • Pilates exercises use the deepest layer of your tummy muscles, which are necessary for stabilising your back and pelvis ( improve pelvic floor function )
  • improves your flexibility  and postural maintenance
  • targets the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth
  • Pilates has been shown to help improve balance so you may find that you feel less clumsy if you carry out the exercises. It may also help you walk without swaying from side to side so much as your bump grows.
  • Minimise the separation of rectus abdominals, leading to quicker and easier reconnection after the birth
  • Pilates breathing helps with the expansion of the diaphragm to allow your baby to move freely
  • Pilates invites more blood supply to the core, providing your baby with very effective nutrient supply for both growth and development
  • Certain exercises can help with optimal foetal positioning

  • Upper body conditioning and muscle balancing for feeding preparation and neck care ( you will be picking up your baby more than 20 times a day )

 

 

 

IMPORTANT:

 
  • Consult with your obstetrician prior to Pilates consultation     
  • If you experience any pain or discomfort then stop the class and let your midwife or doctor know before you continue.

Your instructor will devise a personalised program which will be adjusted at each trimester to accommodate

Minimise the separation of rectus abdominals, leading to quicker and easier reconnection after the birth

During pregnancy, your tummy muscles are stretched over your growing baby and if they are weak

 
 

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