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Prenatal – Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy
Pilates strengthens your tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, so it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pregnant. Researches have suggested that doing Pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.
Strengthen your pelvic floor, will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down. This may prevent you from leaking small amounts of wee when you cough or sneezing.
The daily changes during pregnant can affect your center of gravity and balance. Pilates will help with balance as you may feel a little more clumsy, due to increase in weight to your stomach and breasts.
Reformers, will allow you to perform exercises while maintaining postural alignment. Also your hormone changes during pregnancy, can cause your ligaments to become lax, this can cause instability and increase your risk of muscle strains and ligament sprains. Either your arms or legs are grounded when you’re on a Reformer so this helps limit your range of motion.
Exercise is good for you during pregnancy. Your body is undergoing constant changes so you’ll need to limit your session to particular exercises and only work at a comfortable intensity to avoid injury and complications. Make sure the instructor is always aware your pregnant before the class begins.
Postnatal – Benefits of Pilates Post Pregnancy
If you’re thinking about taking up exercise post-birth, Pilates is a sensible choice. Not only will it ease you back into exercise gently, it’s proven to be highly successful in building up women’s inner core muscles following pregnancy.
Pilates, deals with issues which may have arisen during pregnancy and labour, in particular, it targets the weakened and stretched abdominal muscles known as the pelvic floor.
Benefits of our Post Natal Pilates classes include:
Improved Pelvic Floor function
Encourage rectus abdominals to come back together after separation during pregnancy
Regain muscle memory connection to your core
Back, neck and joint support
Upper body strengthening to help with feeding
Improved flexibility, general wellbeing and stress release
Helps with deep, peaceful sleeping
Elongation of the spine and correct posture
Your welcome to join any of our classes however; we have introduced some Post Natal Pilates classes, which are specifically tailored to the needs of a new mum. Now that you have given birth, you are ready to start strengthening your core to support your spine and get back into, or shape. Bring your baby along to these specific classes to join and be part of it with you, or they can chill out in the pram close by.
“I’m keeping myself and my baby fit and healthy”
“I have been attending Barre, Mat & Reformer Pilates classes for nearly a year at Active Mind Body, I am currently 7 months pregnant. The instructors have been absolutely amazing as they alter the movements to suit my needs, as I’m somewhat limited to what I can do. Reformer Pilates has helped strengthen my muscles, adjust my posture and ease with my back pain. Barre helps me keep fit, tones my entire body and overall is a great fat burner. Mat Pilate’s helps stretch out my muscles and the movement’s help with stabilizing my spine and pelvis. I attend about 4-5 classes a week and I love the feeling I get after each class knowing that I am in great hands and I’m also keeping myself and my baby fit and healthy”.