Prenatal Pilates

Miraculous changes happen to your body in each trimester of your pregnancy, but each phase presents new challenges and concerns for expecting mothers. For all you soon to be mamas, we have put together a list of some of the most frequently asked questions our Pilates trainers get asked. 

Pilates is not just one more fitness trend. This method has been changing bodies and lives for almost a century. Nothing can help you understand it better than personal trainings. This experience will stay with you forever.

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Our studio’s highly certified Prenatal Pilates trainer, Roula, Panopoulos explains the benefits and effectiveness of these classes to help you rest assured.

What are the benefits of prenatal Pilates?

The female body undergoes many changes during pregnancy and in preparation for childbirth. Pilates helps in a number of ways. Pilates strengthens the deep core muscles, back and legs in a gentle low impact manner. Pregnancy has an effect on posture, balance and the pelvic floor. As the baby grows, this extra weight can cause a woman’s center of balance to shift and to put a strain on the abdominals, back and gluteal muscles. strengthening these muscles, women are less likely to develop pain in the pelvis, lower back and the sacroiliac joint during pregnancy. They are also more likely to experience a speedy postnatal recovery.

Are there any special requirements during pregnancy?

Women should not start a new exercise routine during pregnancy without first consulting with their doctor.

Can group classes be effective for pregnancy?

At Anassa, classes are specifically designed to be safe and welcoming during pregnancy and postnatal recovery.

Is it safe to do abdominal exercises while pregnant?

Pilates anatomy views the rectus abdominis (six-pack muscles) as one part of our overall core muscles.

This also includes our internal/external obliques, transverse abdominis and even our erector spinae (back muscles), and pelvic floor muscles. While there are some specific abdominal exercises that should be avoided during the second and third trimester, Pilates offers numerous safe exercises to strengthen the core.

It would also be a good idea to encourage the parents to get involved and contribute to the newsletter. If they discovered some useful parenting tips and articles, they can use your newsletter to share it to the rest. Another great addition would be a rundown of your school’s menu to let the parents know what their kid is eating. Just get creative and make your newsletter an open and informative space for both kids and guardians!

Are there any exercises that need to be avoided?

Generally, exercises that require you to lie flat on your back for extended periods or that compress your abdominal cavity should be avoided after the first trimester. As you enter your last trimester, movements that involve deep flexion or extension of joints, can increase your risk of injury due to elevated levels of relaxin hormone.

Because Pilates work engages your deepest core muscles, pelvic floor, hips and spine, you’ll develop muscle strength and memory that will help your body recover faster post-pregnancy. Although Pilates is one of the safest workouts you can do when you’re expecting, be sure to check with your doctor before you begin this or any workout program.