Having a baby is one of the most amazing and exciting miracles in life. Yet it also, can be a very challenging time for women as your body adapts to support the growing baby. During pregnancy, some of your existing symptoms can be aggravated or as your body changes, it can cause strain to certain parts of your body. Your body releases a hormone called Relaxin, which helps to loosen your ligaments to prepare the pelvis for the baby to descend. Commonly, women experience:
- Back/pelvic girdle pain
- Sciatic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Foot pain/plantar fasciitis
- Urinary leakage
Contrary to belief, you don’t have to “suck it up” until after the baby is born! Pregnancy can be a great time for preparing your body for recovery, for birth and for being at your best in caring for your baby. This is a wonderful time as you strengthen your adapting body, prepare it for the labor, and also be ready to carry around a 20lb baby after 1 year one of giving birth! Finding an appropriate exercise routine that you can safely and comfortably do within your growing limitations, is challenging. That’s why Pilates is the perfect way to stay more connected with your body. You can learn ways to strengthen your core areas such as your pelvic floor, pelvis and even tone your muscles, safely and effectively.
Why is Pilates so effective for pregnant women?
Pilates focuses on postural muscles that provide stability to your joints. Often times, when your ligaments become loose, you lose the stability in those specific joints, and start using larger mobilizer muscles. Pilates helps you to find postural muscles in your back, abdominals and pelvis floor to help support you and your baby. It is gentle, yet, you’ll be surprised at what a work-out you will get!
Pregnant women can stay active all throughout their trimesters with pilates!
If you have questions or are interested in Pilates during or after pregnancy, contact us today!