Everything you need to know about pregnancy Pilates
The NHS advises women with uncomplicated pregnancies to keep fit and active. And Pilates is often recommended for this purpose.
If you’re not familiar with this type of exercise, however, taking your first pregnancy Pilates class can seem a bit daunting.
We’ve condensed everything you need to know about pregnancy Pilates into 10 short bullet points to help you get to grips with Joseph Pilates’s famous method.
1. You can do Pilates in all stages of pregnancy
Unlike other types of exercise, you won’t have to give this one up come your second trimester. Just make sure that you choose a class that is taught by a pre and postnatal specialist. This is for safety reasons and will also ensure you get maximum benefits from your classes.
2. Pregnancy Pilates classes come in different shapes and sizes
You can attend mat Pregnancy classes, 1-2-1s and studio sessions. It totally depends what you want from your sessions. Confused? Check out our blog post on choosing a Pilates class in London.
3. It might be different to what you’re used to
It might be time to adjust your expectations. Pregnancy Pilates might not be like your usual 50-minute Reformer class; it will probably be less intense and focus more on things like your pelvic floor. This is great for you and your baby, so don’t get frustrated that it’s not a sweaty workout.
4. Keep your heart rate steady
It is advisable to keep your heart rate at a steady pace when exercising during pregnancy. So, depending on the nature of the class, it might be advisable for you to wear a heart monitor.
5. Choose the right type of Pilates class for you
Pregnancies are all different so you’ll need to choose a pregnancy Pilates class that suits you. If you’ve been doing Pilates for years then continuing with group classes might be fine. With complicated pregnancies (or for women who want more support) 1-2-1 pregnancy sessions are best.
6. Pelvic Floor and Core
Pilates is famous for its ability to strengthen the core and pelvic floor and these are both so important for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
7. Pilates is good for your body – and your breathing
Aside from the strengthening the body, regular practise can also help you develop good breathing habits to keep you serene throughout your pregnancy. And will likely come in handy during labour.
8. Different Trimesters
Each stage of your pregnancy can impact you in a different way. You might find that you have less energy in your first trimester and more in your second, so you may want to move more later on in your pregnancy. 1-2-1 sessions or smaller group classes can be great for this because the teacher can give you exercises to suit your mood and energy levels.
9. Listen to your body
Continuing on from the last point, it is so important that you listen to your body during pregnancy. Sometimes you might feel too tired to do any Pilates at all and that is fine. Take a rest if feel you need to – and get those zzz’s in before the baby is born!
10.Labour and after Pregnancy
And finally, reports show that exercising during pregnancy can lead to a shorter labour. Keeping active through pregnancy Pilates will also help you get back into shape more quickly after the baby is born.
There you have it.
Everything you need to know about pregnancy Pilates – and plenty of reasons to give prenatal Pilates sessions a try.
Time to pull those toe socks on and get to class!