Pilates & Pregnancy
The following information is provided as a general guide only. Each women's body and pregnancy differ and you should consult your medical practitioner on what is appropriate for you.
During a healthy pregnancy moderate exercise such as pilates can be very beneficial for the mother to be and safe for the fetus. Benefits include reducing weight gain, toning muscles, assisting with circulation, decreasing fluid retention, and preventing varicose veins. Pilates is also excellent in maintaining a healthy pelvic floor, preventing urinary incontinence, preventing or decreasing back pain and assisting with a faster recovery after the birth.
The Pilates form of exercise must be adapted as you progress through your pregnancy and at our studio we offer individualized programs that will take you safely through your pregnancy step by step with supervision and guidance. Often in the 1st trimester, the workouts will need to be adapted to accommodate for fatigue and a slow decline in abdominal muscle strength. It is generally advised that after the 16th week of pregnancy you avoid laying on your back (supine) as the blood supply to the fetus may be affected.
During the 2nd trimester, you will be more at risk to low back injury due to changes in your body. Your posture and spinal shape will alter which will put your abdominal muscles in a lengthened and weakened position, ligament laxity also occurs and in some women a split can occur in the mid-line musculature of the abdominal muscles. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy we will modify your workout with specifically designed equipment to ensure the safety and continued effectiveness of your exercise. You should be careful not to overstretch and we can provide you with exercises to do at home if you wish. During your entire pregnancy your pilates workout will continue to strengthen, rebalance and support your body.