Pilates During Pregnancy - Yes or No?

by : Denise Villani

With all the concerns about exercising during pregnancy, what is a pregnant woman to do? Many people would probably question whether or not the relatively difficult Pilates program could be altered enough to accommodate the special needs of a pregnant woman. The answer is a resounding Yes! Pilates is very adaptable and most Pilates exercises can be modified as your pregnancy progresses and your body and abilities change. The modifications help you keep the intent of the exercise, but adjust the form to adapt to the changes in your body during pregnancy. The majority of women are able to safely participate in Pilates during pregnancy with modifications.

Many people today would be surprised to learn that Pilates during pregnancy is considered to be one of the most appropriate exercise programs for pregnant women. Even more surprising is that Pilates is used for pregnant women to strengthen the core of the body, the muscles of the torso where the abdominal muscles work with the back and the pelvis. What other exercise series could be so perfect for working the muscles that a pregnant woman will need the most during labor and delivery? It is also important to note that Pilates during pregnancy will strengthen and tone the mother's postural muscles; the muscles used to carry the baby.

The ability to modify exercises so that they work for a changing body and the focus on control, precision, and appropriate levels of exercise intensity all come together to make Pilates a safe choice for exercising during pregnancy. Combined with Pilates principles like, centering, breath and flow, you have a program that can be effective throughout the duration of a pregnancy. With the proper instruction, a Pilates session during pregnancy can be a beneficial use of time for body, mind and the baby too.

Practicing Pilates during pregnancy will help the mother not only carry the baby well, but may also make labor easier and help the new mother speed up the recovery of her figure after delivery. By strengthening the back,the pelvic floor and developing good posture, carrying the baby and giving birth are made a little easier. Also, with better muscle tone, common injuries from carrying the baby and giving birth are less likely to occur.

If practicing Pilates during pregnancy be sure to use a toned-down version of the regular, sometimes strenuous Pilates routines. There are Pilates pregnancy lower-impact workout that can be done from week one of the pregnancy until week 31 or 32 of the pregnancy. Pilates during pregnancy can also be beneficial to the baby because the low-stress exercises help circulate extra oxygen and nutrients to the unborn baby. Also, the breathing techniques learned by the mother while taking Pilates during pregnancy can help ease the delivery.

Furthermore, the exercises that a pregnant woman would do while taking Pilates during pregnancy can help keep them from losing control of their bodies during pregnancy. These exercises also help the mother to quickly get back to her pre-pregnancy shape, with the same or maybe even better flexibility, posture, and muscle tone. Most Pilates pregnancy classes offer something for every pregnant woman, from early to late pregnancy, from the basics to post-pregnancy more advanced classes. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Pilates student, you can find a Windsor Pilates program to fit your needs.