The benefits of practising Pilates before, during and after pregnancy While we can all agree that exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, there are specific ways that practicing Pilates can help you during and after your pregnancy. Pilates is not only highly modifiable but also a targeted approach to exercise, which means it’s one of the best methods for maintaining your fitness while pregnant – the right class can reduce the chances of physical complications, improve injuries and assist with general well-being and mobility.
Pregnancy and birth will have a huge impact on your body internally and externally – it’s important to remember that after childbirth, you’re in a state of recovery. However, if you can respect your limitations and dedicate yourself to a tailored exercise regime, Pilates can enable a swift return to physical function.
There are many benefits of pregnancy Pilates, these include:
Reducing the physical effects of pregnancy
Injury prevention and management
Safe strength building
Minimising postural changes
Maintaining mobility and independence
A speedier and improved recovery post-baby
Problems during pregnancy During pregnancy, your entire body is affected – from your respiratory and cardiac systems to your hormonal and musculoskeletal. It’s likely that you’ll experience tiredness, swelling, shortness of breath and postural changes, but there are also some more problematic symptoms that Pilates can assist. Problems that may arise during pregnancy include:
Neck, shoulder and upper back pain
Pubic Symphysis and SIJ pain
Lower back pain
Pelvic floor weakness
Dizziness and cramps
Through tailored and muscle-specific exercises, Pilates can alleviate any of the above, however it is important to recognise that some issues will need the intervention of a medical professional, in which case you will be referred to a specialist.