So you’ve got a little bun in the oven, congratulations! Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting yet daunting times and we love nothing more than helping our beautiful clients through their journey with safe and effective pregnancy pilates classes.
We’ve got some great options at Pure Moves for expectant mums that are fun and social as well as providing a safe and supportive way to keep the body strong and healthy. Whether you want to stay with your regular group classes, join a smaller semi-private class or book some one on one sessions, we’ve got you covered. Plus you can do prenatal pilates right up until birth (if you’ve got the energy!), making it a great activity throughout your 9 months.
Exercising while pregnant is completely safe and, call us biased, but we love pilates for pregnancy for a range of reasons.
Pilates strengthens your abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles without putting strain on other joints, making it a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant because it allows you to enjoy all the benefits of exercise without putting the body under too much stress. The body will be better equipped to cope with the weight of your growing baby and strong muscles will also help prevent the body from injury and reduce pain.
Anybody who practices pilates (pregnant or not) can attest the benefits of a strong pelvic floor. In pregnant women this is especially important to support your bowel, bladder and uterus as the baby grows and moves further south. A strong pelvic floor will also help prevent incontinence during and after the pregnancy.
Stretching in pilates classes can feel amazing during pregnancy
Prenatal pilates is praised for its ability to help expectant mothers feel more stable on their feet. Due to the change in where your weight is distributed, you may feel a little clumsy or unstable – pilates will help increase your core strength and improve your balance.
As any Pilates devotee will know, breathing a key focus in all our classes! During pregnancy, breath control is especially important for two key reasons. As the baby grows, the diaphragm is compressed up into the chest, making it harder to take deep breaths. Pilates breathing assists here because we breathe into the intercostal muscles that line the ribcage. Breath control will also be beneficial during labour and birth.
One of the best things about keeping up pilates during pregnancy is that you’ll speed up recovery post-partum. The stronger the body is going into pregnancy, the stronger it will be after.
Before embarking on any exercise routine, including prenatal pilates, it’s important that you’ve been cleared by your GP and are aware of any limitations on the body from existing medical conditions. It’s also great idea to incorporate your prenatal pilates routine with some gentle aerobic exercise such as walking or swimming.
At Pure Moves, we require you to come in for a one-on-one session with one of our instructors before jumping into classes. It’s important for our team to have a full picture of your fitness and any conditions that may limit you during the class. Some exercises will be modified for you, but rest assured, you’ll be able to continue your routine as normal for quite a while. We also recommend reformer pilates for pregnancy as the machine gives you lots of support.
Call the studio on 6161 7591 or pop in and speak to one of our friendly team members who will help you on your prenatal pilates journey. Why not try our Total Pilates Pack which includes 1 private and 4 group classes to get you started.
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Lucy is a beauty and lifestyle writer with a background in marketing and public relations. When she’s not writing you can probably find her doing pilates at Pure Moves. Read more of her stories at www.lucysays.com.au