Benefits of Pilates in Pregnancy

Pilates in pregnancy can help strengthen the right muscles during these growing changes, helping to promote good posture, supporting you as your body grows and the changes that your body undertakes. Pilates focuses on precision and concentration improving body awareness.

Greater body awareness grained through Pilates has been shown to improve Optimal Foetal Positioning, (baby’s position in pelvis). Pilates is a holistic form of exercise which links the body and mind through the fundamentals of concentration, breathing, control; precision and flow.

Pilates not only strengthens your back, pelvic and abdominal muscles – which help with labour and delivery – but it also helps to improve balance and flexibility. The breathing component used in Pilates can aid relaxation and help in the management of Labour Pain. Mothal Gowi (2004) suggests that one of the greatest barriers to a natural child birth is fear and anxiety, releasing adrenaline – constricting and reducing the body’s own natural pain relief, (endorphins).

Pregnancy and the Benefits of Pilates 

expectant-mother-pilatesExercising during Pregnancy keeps you healthy, improves your overall mood, helps you sleep better and reduces your pregnancy aches and pains.

Pilates in pregnancy can help strengthen the right muscles during these growing changes, helping to promote good posture, supporting you as your body grows and the changes that your body undertakes.

Pilates focuses on precision and concentration improving body awareness.

Greater body awareness grained through Pilates has been shown to improve Optimal Foetal Positioning, (baby’s position in pelvis). Pilates is a holistic form of exercise which links the body and mind through the fundamentals of concentration, breathing, control; precision and flow.

Pilates not only strengthens your back, pelvic and abdominal muscles – which help with labour and delivery – but it also helps to improve balance and flexibility. The breathing component used in Pilates can aid relaxation and help in the management of Labour Pain. Mothal Gowi (2004) suggests that one of the greatest barriers to a natural child birth is fear and anxiety, releasing adrenaline – constricting and reducing the body’s own natural pain relief, (endorphins). Learning breathing techniques thought in class will aid with the management of this pain during labour.

Pilates for Pregnancy

Pilates is a great way to strengthen and tone the postural muscles that are used to carry your baby, help delivery and get you back in shape after the birth. They can help to make your labour easier and recover your figure! Strengthening the back and improving posture makes it easier to carry your baby with less risk of injury. The exercises are a non-sweat, relaxing workout that you can do whether you’re one or 31 weeks pregnant. The benefits of pilates can also be passed on to your baby. These gentle but effective exercises help improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to your baby by focusing on breathing techniques which also help lower stress levels for mum and baby.

Why is Pilates so effective during pregnancy?

Pilates has 8 key principles which underlie every movement

  1. Relaxation: Helps reduces stress and relieves unwanted tension, aiding sleep
  2. Concentration: Allows you to put your day aside and focus on you and your baby.
  3. Alignment: Improves posture and relieves aches & pains of pregnancy. Stretching tired achy muscles and strengthening muscles that help stabilise your pelvis during pregnancy.
  4. Breathing: Improves efficiency of breathing and oxygen delivery to your baby, breathing techniques learned can help contribute to a smoother delivery
  5. Centering – core-strength: strengthens muscles which create a solid protective base, to stabilise the spine and support back
  6. Co-ordination: Utilising moves that coordinate different muscles groups ensure here is a functional focus on exercises allowing you to benefit not only in pregnancy and labour, but also beyond.
  7. Flowing movements: The gentle flow of movements, ensure you are not causing excessive stress to an already tired, achy and over worked body.
  8. Stamina: Gradually building up a series of exercises, allows you to build strength and stamina aiding you deal with the demands of labour and beyond.

Pregnancy Pilates Class

pilates-l-ballThis class is an hour long session combing the use of the Birthing Ball / exercise ball to take you through a sequence of exercises which will help loosen tired achy bodies while at the same time working to physically improve and strength the stabilising muscles of the abdomen and pelvis. Although the movements can be challenging, they won’t put strain on your body or baby.

You do not need to have any experience with Pilates to attend this class, and although often full, spaces become available throughout the term.

If you are worried about exercise in pregnancy or perhaps you have had difficulties or complications with current or previous pregnancies, please contact me to discuss any worries.

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