Why PreNatal Pilates Exercises are so important?
Some mothers-to-be are cautious about exercising, practicing breathing and relaxation exercises during pregnancy due to concerns about harming the baby.
However exercise during pregnancy is a crucial part of keeping active and dealing with your changing shape and weight. Prenatal Pilates is an excellent way of keeping fit and in-shape throughout pregnancy. It helps the body to prepare for the physical demands of labour.
According to UK’s National Health Services (NHS) exercise is not dangerous for your baby. There is some evidence that active women are less likely to experience problems in later pregnancy and labour. It also recommended that pregnant women do exercises that strengthen their stomach and pelvic floor. Both things that Pilates does well.
PreNatal Pilates is recommended as pregnancy breathing and relaxation exercises as well as a mind/body workout during pregnancy.
Pilates Benefits for Pregnancy
Pilates is low-impact, it is suitable for pregnant women, since it puts minimal strain on joints. It targets areas during the pre- and postnatal periods, such as the entire back, stomach and pelvic floor muscles.
By targeting the stomach muscles, Pilates improves the body’s ability to cope with the growing weight of the baby. The pelvic floor, meanwhile, provides support to organs in the lower abdomen, one of which is the uterus. Pilates helps women to contract and release the pelvic floor muscles. It helps with supporting those organs, giving birth and preventing incontinence. As the baby grows in the uterus, the abdomen essentially stretches and loosens to make room. This can cause round ligament pain, as well as issues with the lower back and hips. Pilates works on stabilizing and strengthening these areas.
It is also important not to neglect the postnatal period! Many mothers have concerns about dealing with a baby belly and regaining their pre-pregnancy body. A postnatal Pilates workout is the ideal way to start addressing these concerns. It will change the shape of the body as well as build strength.
I personally workout on a daily basis. I absolutely love to share my experience and expertise with other mothers-to-be on my Prenatal Classes at Anassa. During the week we offer 2 different workouts:
- A Mat based with the support of special props for strength and stretching,
- A Reformer based for extra support and spring resistance!
For more information about the days and timings, visit our schedule