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Pilates and pregnancy: The benefits before and after birth

Posted on June 08, 2011

Pilates is the perfect regimen for women looking to stay active while pregnant and to get back in shape after your baby arrives. We work individually with each of our pregnant clients to ensure that their workouts are safe and comfortable no matter the fitness level or stage of birth.

We’ve put together just a few of the many ways that Pilates will help you before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Strengthen your core, lower back and pelvic floor muscle. These muscle groups will help your body carry a baby during pregnancy and make delivery more comfortable and speedy. After birth, you will need a strong lower back for all the bending and lifting you will do with your new baby. By building up your core muscles before birth, it will make rebuilding them afterward easier so you can get your shape back faster. Perfect, right?
  • Improve breathing and mind-body connections. One of the main improvements you will see through Pilates is your breath. Learning how to breathe correctly and efficiently plays a large role in the delivery room, which is why it is always one of the first lessons in Lamaze. The neurological challenge that Pilates offers trains your body and mind to work together so you will know how to focus on your breath on the big day.
  • Improve balance and posture. As your body changes, the way you move will change to adjust to your new addition. By doing Pilates, your balance and posture improves, which will decrease your risk of injuries, trips, falls, muscle strains, and general aches and pains.

Have you tried doing Pilates while pregnant? What was the benefit that you noticed the most? If not, what reservations do you have? If you have any questions about the benefits of Pilates for you or your baby, please contact us for a free consultation!