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Use Pilates classes to Prepare for Pregnancy

12th October 2016

Use Pilates classes to Prepare for Pregnancy
The joy of starting a family and becoming a parent is second to none. Unfortunately, little joy can be found in the process of giving birth. There are lots of physical changes, aches and pains – some of them can turn into long term problems.

It's important to prepare your body and one of the best ways to do that is by taking a Pilates class.

Antenatal Pilates Classes

Pregnancy Pilates workouts can have a range of benefits if practiced regularly.


Back & Pelvic Pain

3 in 5 women struggle to cope with the additional weight caused by having a big baby bump, this can also affect balance. With the help of specific Pilates postures you can strengthen the pelvic floor and the stomach muscles. This will help to reduce pelvic discomfort and lower back pain.

Controlled Breathing

During pregnancy it is important to be able to breathe efficiently as the body requires more oxygen than normal. Breathing techniques taught by Pilates allow you to do this and prevent breathlessness during labor. The techniques will have make the process a lot easier and reduce anxiety.

Posture

Pilates is great for alignment and posture. Posture isn't all about how we present ourselves, it's also about how the body copes with basic tasks. When the baby grows it will cause postural alterations. This is caused by enlarged breasts and the imbalance of a baby bump. Pilates will strengthen the spine and muscles to be able to cope with the additional weight.

Benefits of Postnatal Pilates

Once the baby has been born, there is no reason to stop with your Pilates tuition. There are also many benefits of practicing postnatal Pilates.

Strengthening the abs

Basically, labor is punishing for your stomach muscles. Diastasis recti, better known as the separation of the abdominal muscles, occurs in most women. Pilates is a great way of tightening these muscles back up and getting them back into a fit state. Pilates is well known for being able to work the deep, core muscles, so will immediately begin to repair the abs. It will also help rehabilitate the spine and pelvis.

Back Pain

Most new mothers continue to have post-pregnancy pains and aches, often similar to the ones they had before. Back pain is one of the most common. By strengthening the deep abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor, the spine will struggle less with more vigorous movement and become more stabilized.

Time to yourself

Pilates is also a great social experience. During group pregnancy Pilates classes, you'll meet other expectant mothers who are going through similar experiences. Keeping these classes going together is a great way of having help and support in place, especially as others may not be going through it for the first time. It's also a good way of getting some time to yourself away from responsibilities of parenting. It's a calm environment and a bit of 'me time' can go a long way.

Finding a pregnancy Pilates class

As mentioned above, more and more women are using Pilates to prepare themselves and recover from pregnancy . That means finding a class is easier than ever. There are antenatal Pilates classes and postnatal Pilates classes available on Pilates Near You all across the USA.

All you have to do is search for your location in the search bar on the homepage of the website and inquire to a local class near you. You may not have tried Pilates before, but now is as good a time as ever to start.

If you are at all concerned as to whether Pilates is right for you, then you'll need to consult your doctor before beginning Pilates classes. You can then talk to the instructor or studio, and they'll be able to give you more details about how it could suit you.