Pilates For Two! Why Pilates Is The Workout Of Choice For Expecting Mums.
Congratulations on the great news! You’re going to be a mum. Maybe it’s your first time or maybe you’re a pro. As you probably know, your lifestyle choices over the next several months, not only affect you, but they will also affect your baby. Exercise is a great way to not only stay strong and fit throughout your pregnancy, but it is also great for your mental wellbeing. Pilates exercise during pregnancy can help relieve some of pregnancy’s glorious side effects such as morning sickness, back aches, swelling, trouble sleeping, and more!
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of Prenatal Pilates and how Flex Pilates can work with you to help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
Safety is usually the first thing that comes to mind when women think about exercise during pregnancy. Well, rest assured. Pilates happens to be one of the few methods doctors will recommend starting, even if you are not currently physically active. Because Pilates is low impact and gentle on the joints, it can be practiced throughout your entire pregnancy.
Prenatal Pilates should be practiced with someone qualified in the Pilates method and someone who has gone through additional training and certification specifically for pre & post-natal Pilates. The Flex Pilates team has instructors who can provide personalized classes specially tailored for prenatal and postnatal clients.
With each stage of pregnancy comes a different fitness goal and focus. Your body goes through so many changes and we really work as a team to ensure you are safely and effectively building strength without any strain. One specific area of focus is Abdominal & Pelvic Floor strength, the importance of these muscles during and after pregnancy is immeasurable. We will teach you safe and gentle ways to engage these muscles in studio and at home. We also don’t want to forget about the importance of a strong back and upper body. After all is said and done and baby is here, you will spend many hours carrying and feeding your new bundle of joy. Don’t underestimate the amount of strength you need. The stronger you are, the less aches and pains you will experience.
BALANCE & ALIGNMENT
A regular prenatal & postnatal Pilates practice will do wonders for your ever changing body. Pilates will greatly assist in keeping your body and spine balanced and aligned and will also help with your proprioception / balance, something pregnant women tend to lose as the pregnancy progresses. Pilates will help you feel centered and grounded, physically and mentally.
As Joesph Pilates said, “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.” Never doubt the importance of proper breathing and control. Your Prenatal Pilates classes at Flex Pilates will cover the techniques most commonly used in Pilates and why they are so beneficial throughout pregnancy and labour. After a few sessions, you will never think of breath the same way.
Many changes have occurred during your pregnancy and now you may be wondering if you’ll ever get your body back. The answer is, yes! Returning to Pilates after birth is a great way to bring the body back to a pre-pregnancy state and it is absolutely crucial for the abdominals. Once your doctor has cleared you for exercise, you should return to your Pilates practice under the instruction of your prenatal Pilates instructor. They will be able to guide you through a gentle practice that focuses on rebuilding and reconnecting the abdominal muscles. A Postnatal Pilates programme is just as important for your body and mind as Prenatal Pilates. The time spent on yourself is well worth it!
Pilates is as much a mental exercise as it is physical. Most prenatal and postnatal clients tell us how much better they feel after their sessions. They sleep better, body functions are normal, they are focused and energized and pregnancy symptoms tend to disappear. Your state of physical and mental health directly affects your baby, so try to take this time to treat yourself with some extra love and care.
Our studio is located in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, closely located to Steenberg, Tokai and Constantia.
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