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Is Pilates safe during pregnancy?

Pilates is an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages, and at all stages of life.

Pregnancy is no exception. Using Pilates for pregnancy can help both your mental and physical health. It can be a significant tool that enhances your strength, flexibility and comfort level before and after you give birth. It also has the added benefit of assisting you during labour.
Pilates works wonders to strengthen your core and pelvic floor, and both areas are essential regions to focus on while carrying and giving birth to your baby.

One area of concern for pregnant women is the lower back pain. The core strengthening features of Pilates means that the muscles that support your spine will become stronger. This is particularly important as your baby grows inside you, increasing the weight you are carrying around.

The hormones your body is secreting during this time are getting your ligaments relaxed and prepared for the stretching that occurs during childbirth. At the same time, however, this relaxation means that it is easier for you to hurt yourself and the discomfort of bearing a child will be amplified.

The increased flexibility and muscle strength that Pilates develops will help lessen the negative, pain causing elements of this process.

During pregnancy, your pelvic floor will be the primary support system for your bladder, bowels and vagina. As your baby grows and travels inside your womb, she will put pressure on these areas, increasing the risk of incontinence. This can be an issue for some women after giving birth as well.

A strengthened pelvic floor will reduce accidents that may occur when you sneeze, laugh or cough. It will also help aid in the healing of the birth area.

As your pregnancy progresses, you will need to adjust your routine to keep pace with the changes in your body. That’s why if you intend to use Pilates for pregnancy, it is best you seek out the advice and the guidance of a physician and a trained Pilates profession like those here at The Pilates Room.

Give us a call or visit the contact area on our website if you have any questions or want to book in for a session.



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