2016 looks like it’s going to be the year for welcoming new little faces into the Core One family! We’ve got a number of clients and friends who are “mommies-to-be,” and we couldn’t be happier for each and every one of them. It seems like every month we get more news about another “baby on board.” It is such an honor and privilege to be part of each of their journeys on the way to motherhood. In the spirit of celebration of their new chapters in life, let’s talk about Pilates and Pregnancy this month.
Understandably, a lot of anxious mommies-to-be wonder if Pilates is safe for them to do while pregnant. Fortunately, for many women, the answer is yes. As long as you’re doing the work correctly, your instructor is aware of your new situation, and there’s no medical reason or mandate from your doctor telling you not to exercise, then Pilates can be one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise you can do while pregnant. As your doctor will tell you, you’ll just want to be sure not to start anything that’s too intense or that your body isn’t already used to doing.
Here are just several ways Pilates can help during your pregnancy, during labor, and after your baby is born:
It goes without saying that, in addition to the fluctuating hormones, changes in appetite and need for sleep, your body sees lots of physical changes during pregnancy. As the baby grows, the posture changes, the lower back starts to curve and the pelvic region experiences ever-increasing demands. What better time for women to do Pilates, the exercise system that addresses all of these things? And Pilates is not just important during pregnancy; you’ll need strong shoulders, arms, legs and postural muscles to help you keep up with your little one once he/she is born!
Pre- and post-natal Pilates is not about slipping back into a size zero 10 minutes after the birth, although it can certainly help get you on your way. Pilates keeps you toned, moving, focused, clear-headed, and can give you the tools needed to assist with childbirth.
As always, you’ll definitely want to let your doctor know about any exercise you’re doing during pregnancy. It is also very important that you talk to your instructor regarding your particular needs and situation before each workout. Your body changes throughout each trimester, so it makes perfect sense for your workouts to do so too. Our experienced instructors know how to modify the work to suit you during each phase of pregnancy.
We look forward to growing with you all during this journey!