Pilates for PREGNANCY
Pilates is a great form of exercise while pregnant as it is safe & effective. Focus is on exercises to strengthen the deep abdominal, pelvic & postural muscles to accommodate the growing baby. This will help to reduce the effect of the extra load placed on the body throughout pregnancy.
During pregnancy a hormone called “relaxin” is released which effects collagen in muscles, ligaments & tendons. This can cause low back & pelvic pain, so it’s important to strengthen the appropriate muscle groups to minimize this effect.
Pilates also helps to prepare the body for labour & for recovery & preparation as a new mother.
Reformer pilates class for Pregnant women in the 2nd or 3rd trimester. Classes can be attended from 12 weeks onwards after the scan & approval from doctor or obstetrician.
All exercises will be performed in sitting, kneeling standing, all 4’s or side lie. Focus will be on the connection between deep abdominals & pelvic floor while strengthening other muscles around the pelvis & shoulder girdle too.
Benefits for PREGNANCY
Strengthen deep abdominal muscles (“CORE”) as the abdominals are stretched (minimizing DRAM-separation of abdominal muscles)
Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles to support the extra load on bladder, bowel & uterus.
Reduce low back & pelvic pain
Relaxation and breathing control
Preparation for Labour
Exercise with other pregnant women