Pilates in Pregnancy
The benefits of exercise during pregnancy
In addition, strengthening the abdominal as well as the pelvic floor muscles helps women during labor.
Furthermore, by strengthening the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, women do not experience pain in the back and neck. These pains are common in pregnancy, as the burden caused by the abdomen on the front changes the loads on the spine.
And naturally, don’t forget that it helps women recover faster after birth, which has a positive impact on their psychology.
Pilates is considered the ideal form of exercise for this time. Exercising in water also has many benefits, but also certain contraindications arising from the hygiene conditions.
Pilates helps he circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory and digestive system. Everything is in perfect working order, so that both you and your growing baby may be healthy. It helps you enjoy an easy and pain-free pregnancy. It helps you relax, which is necessary throughout pregnancy and labor. It prepares you for labor and helps strengthen the muscles, so as not to burden your back and the rest of your body.
Before exercising, it is extremely important to get the approval of your Ob/Gyn. Doctors usually recommend exercising after the first trimester of pregnancy. However, women who used to exercise from before may start right away, naturally provided that your doctor agrees. If you are healthy and have a normal pregnancy, where everything is going well, you can exercise up to the last day of pregnancy.
How quickly you may start exercising after labor depends on how you have given birth. If you had a natural childbirth, you may exercise even in 30 to 40 days, provided your doctor agrees. Naturally you have to be careful of your abdominal muscles, and especially the vertical rectus, as it has atrophied after nine months. If you gave birth by C-section, the doctor must give you permission. You will definitely need to wait for 40 days, maybe even for 2 months.
It will depend on whether you exercised from before. But even in this case, you may follow a program at home, guided by an expert, to avoid any wrong moves.
My advice to mothers-to-be, but also new mothers, is not to pressure themselves but to listen to your body, especially during this time in your lives!
And above all, don’t forget to take care of yourself!
Become fit before and after labor!
Mandy uses special Pilates exercises, which improve posture in pregnant women and muscle toning in women who have just given birth, guides you through every step, and helps you develop your breathing, relax and have a pleasant workout.
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