Pregnancy can be a difficult time for anyone, especially with your body changing so rapidly. Pilates is a great way to keep your body in shape and adapt to the fast changes that are occurring. It keeps you strong and helps avoid any pains or discomforts that generally come with pregnancy. Of course we advise all woman to discuss with their doctor before taking part in our classes.
Pilates can help pregnant ladies develop greater core strength by strengthening the muscles of their stomach, back and pelvic floor. This helps to equip your body better to cope with the strains caused by the added weight of the growing baby. The improved posture often achieved by Pilates takes a lot of strain away from your back and pelvis. By exercising and strengthening these areas of the body it can help avoid common problems such as backache and postural imbalances.
Deep breathing is an essential part of Pilates exercise, this allows fresh invigorating air to rush in. It is quite a simple idea really and easy to understand the benefits. Oxygen is a vital ingredient, a part of almost every chemical reaction in your body. So for your body to have any energy at all it needs a constant supply of oxygen! Deep breathing really helps to stimulate your internal organs and invigorate your body by allowing fresh blood to carry oxygen and nutrients to every cell. This of course is vital when carrying an extra person around with you! These exercises also prove to benefit you greatly when the big day finally arrives. Going into labour can be a stressful but the experience of Pilates exercises can help you relax and make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
Of course Pilates can also help for Post-Natal treatment as well. Pilates can help postnatal woman re-build their core strength and help regain that pre baby shape! Not only can it help with your physical shape but Pilates can be a great method of stress relief during the post birth experiences. It can be great for both mothers and fathers to deal with lack of sleep and over-tiredness! Pilates really helps to revitalise you and re-energise your body.