Pilates for PregnancyPilates for pregnancy comes highly recommended. Because of its gentle yet powerful nature it strengthens and tones your abdominal area, your pelvic floor and your back, helping to prepare your muscles for childbirth and afterwards.Because it is a low impact form of exercise, this makes taking up Pilates one of the best healthy pregnancy tips you can be offered. Provided you don’t rush at it but allow your body to adjust to the movements and postures very slowly, it will bring you to a stage of fitness you’ve probably never known before.Pilates keeps the core and stabilizer muscles toned and strong, it aids digestion, helps you sleep better and deepens your ability to relax properly. After our Pilates night, my classmates and I would fall into bed as soon as we got home and sleep really well!
Many of the exercises target the tummy and pelvic floor muscles, which are the ones that tend to weaken while you are pregnant, so this is another reason why Pilates is such good news. Also, many of the exercises are performed in a “hands and knees” stance, which is an ideal and safe position for all pregnant women. It also helps to keep your pregnancy weight gain in line with recommendations and it’s well known that putting on too much weight in pregnancy can cause health problems such as gestational hypertension or even pre-eclampsia, which are potentially dangerous for both you and your baby.Another great plus is that Pilates is well known for helping new mothers get their figures back after their baby is born.
It’s also great for meeting other new mums or parents-to-be, as your social circle almost always undergoes a shift when you have a baby, especially when it’s your first. Another plus is that it puts you in the frame of mind for more healthy eating habits which can only be a good thing.Finding a Good Pilates for Pregnancy ClassThe best advice is to look for a class like Pregalates that is specially designed for pregnant women. If you can’t find a dedicated pregnancy Pilates class, then talk to the teacher of a regular Pilates class first and ask whether she’s happy to guide you safely into the kind of moves that will benefit you. It’s also a good isea to talk your plans over with your doctor or midwife first, just to make sure there are no medical reasons why this type of exercise would be advised against. Other OptionsIf you can’t find a local Pilates class that is suitable, why not look for a pregnancy swimming class or group, or check out our pregnancy yoga videos instead?