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PILATES FOR PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL PILATES.
As stated by many doctors, Pilates is an excellent choice for prenatal exercise as it strengthens the most important muscles used during pregnancy and labor. Pregnant pilates exercises builds abdominal, back and pelvic muscles that support more comfortable pregnancies and deliveries. This helps to prepare the body for labor and guarantees a faster recovery after birth.
Regular practice of pilates during pregnancy results in stronger, well-balanced and toned bodies. Pilates while pregnant helps in raising energy level and contain tendencies of being overweight. It can be used as an effective tool to lose weight postpartum.
Some of the benefits of Pilates for pregnancy and Post-natal Pilates:
WHY PRENATAL PILATES IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOUR HEALTH NOW AND AFTER THE BABY IS BORN !
Every aspect and stage of your pregnancy is important to pay attention to. Your diet, monthly (then bi-monthly) prenatal check ups, understanding your baby’s is development week by week, and being aware of your own emotional condition are crucial aspects of your pregnancy experience. Even more important, however is the way in which your body changes to prepare for the labor and birth of your baby. Being aware of the physical changes in your body will help you prepare for each potential ache and pain that comes your way.
You might experience pains in your joints, muscle cramps in your calves, heavy/tender breasts, widening ribs and hips…and along with all of that might even come back aches. You might already expect these types of discomforts…but did you know that you don’t have to just suffer through them? Pregnant women are usually advised to do some form of prenatal exercise in order to prepare their bodies for the stress on the body before and during labor … and to ease the pain during the “pushing” stage.
Prenatal Pilates is one of the best activities for a pregnant woman. Some even claim that is the best exercise to prepare the body for labor. Why is Prenatal Pilates so great for women before, during and after pregnancy?
Prenatal Pilates is an amazing exercise method which many women take advantage of. If you have physical therapy centers in your area, check to see if they have a prenatal program. Often they will include pilates based exercises and also help you deal with specific body issues that need extra attention. If you don’t have someone offering the service, look for pilates instructors in your area who specialize in prenatal pilates like I’ve started doing.