Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting time, but it doesn’t come without some stress. And if you are someone who is used to working out regularly, pregnancy can bring some challenges in keeping fit while also ensuring you’re maintaining the highest level of health for both you and your baby.
Enter: Pilates. This workout, when done correctly, is very safe for you and your growing baby and actually boasts some benefits during your pregnancy, as well as when you’re getting ready to be pregnant.
Read on to find out how you can benefit from Pilates while pregnant.
Use Pilates to Help Get Ready for Pregnancy
1. Back muscle strength
Pilates provides a safe way to build back muscles that will aid greatly in keeping your posture right, as well as strengthening your back muscles. Posture and strong back muscles go hand-in-hand, and will be the key to keeping you free of back pain during pregnancy.
2. Shoulder placement
Many people today suffer from bad posture, due to the fact that we spend so much time hunching over phones and computers. And pregnant women have another factor to add to that hunching -- some seriously extra weight in their bellies. Pilates helps to keep that posture in place, and teaches you how to correctly hold your shoulders in order to have that extra baby weight in your belly not negatively affect you.
3. Core muscles
It’s possible that Pilates is best known for its ability to build a strong core. This is important for all people in all phases of life, but especially pregnant women. A strong core helps to support your back and other parts of your body that are carrying a lot of weight during pregnancy, so it is great to alleviate stress from your back and your hips thanks to your core.
4. Pelvic floor strengthening
You’ve likely heard your Pilates instructor talk about your pelvic floor during class, but as a pregnant woman, it’s really time to pay attention to this part of your body. The pelvic floor is the muscle group that holds everything in, and this is key during your pregnancy, as well as during your delivery and post-pregnancy.
Pilates is a great way to relax and connect your mind with your body. In order to get the most out of Pilates, it requires that mind-body connection that has you thinking about every move you make -- this ensures you are doing it correctly and truly working the muscles to their maximum.
There are few workouts during pregnancy that are safe to do, and that will keep your body in good shape. Pilates is one of them that will challenge you, but in a way that is safe for you and your baby. Just be sure to tell your instructor that you are pregnant so he or she can help you modify moves.