Participating in Pilates is an excellent way to maintain general fitness throughout all stages of your pregnancy. It is safe to practice Pilates during your pregnancy, as it is a low-impact workout, and the exercises can be modified according to your stage of pregnancy.
The use of a Pilates reformer will benefit muscular strength, joint flexibility and boost mood and energy levels. Here are some further benefits of doing Pilates whilst pregnant:
- Develop a mind-body awareness and a connection with diaphragmatic breathing to assist with labour and delivery.
- Strengthen the core (deep abdominal), gluteal and pelvic floor muscles in a safe manner
- Maintain healthy weight
- Improved Post-Partum recovery
- Reduce the incidence of back pain
It is recommended that pregnant women engage in 150 minutes or 2.5 hours or physical activity per week, as long as the mother and baby are healthy. Pilates is an excellent way to exercise safely in your pregnancy. If you’re struggling to meet these recommended guidelines, a discussion with a physiotherapist may help.