Why is Pilates good for you during pregnancy and beyond?
Pilates exercises can be adapted to suit the changing needs of your body. During your pregnancy your body will undergo many changes. For example, as your baby grows it can begin to place a stress on your spine especially your lower back.
Pilates can help your body with these changes by building the strength you will need to support your skeleton and muscles. Your balance is affected during pregnancy and can be improved through Pilates. It will also help you maintain good movement in everyday life, which can contribute to a positive experience of pregnancy.
If you are thinking of an active birth, Pilates will help with your posture which can help your baby get in a good position ready for birth making childbirth easier to cope with. Useful breathing techniques, rest and relaxation exercises can also help ease the tension of labor. Pilates can help you to learn more about your body so that you can make the right choices for yourself in supporting you in the birth of your choice
In the postnatal period Pilates can help you with your posture as well as creating stronger back and tummy muscles. Life with a new baby is both challenging and rewarding. Our teachers can help you gain a healthy body image and tone your body to welcome you into motherhood. Pilates can be both harmonizing and energizing, a perfect combination in helping you looking after yourself to look after your new family.
The Pilates Foundation
Find out more about pilates and pregnancy on the Pilates Foundation website.
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