Prenatal Pilates London

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Prenatal Pilates London

Pilates during early pregnancy, is it safe?

If you’re used to practising Pilates regularly and are in the early stage of pregnancy then you might be wondering if it is safe for you to continue taking classes.

The answer to this is yes – but only with the guidance of the right teacher.

Pilates during early pregnancy

Every pregnancy is different. But the great thing about Pilates is that it can be adapted to suit your individual needs.

For this and many other reasons, Pilates is an easy, safe and effective way for pregnant women to stay in shape.

This means that Pilates can be an excellent choice for keeping fit and active right through your pregnancy, unlike some more high-intensity forms of exercise.

And there is no doubt that pregnant women get lots of benefits from practising it.

Choose your teacher, class and studio carefully

However, all this depends on the style of Pilates and the teacher taking your class.

Not all Pilates classes are the same, so it is advisable to do your research before attending them to make sure they are suitable for pregnant women.

Studios should also say whether their classes are safe for women in their first trimester. And if it’s not a pregnancy class then it is important that you let your instructor know that you are pregnant.

You should also check that the classes you’re attending are taken by an instructor with pre- and postnatal training. This is so that they are experienced enough to only select exercises that are safe and appropriate for you.

Early pregnancy and the symptoms

During the early stages of pregnancy, you may feel dizzy and faint because of the huge physiological changes taking place in your body.

Whilst this is totally normal, it may impact your ability to move in the way you are used to, and you may need to avoid certain Pilates exercises.

The Livestrong website advises that inversions can make these symptoms worse.

So, avoid moves like Roll Over on the mat or Inverted V on the Reformer. Extreme balances are also a no no, as are some spinal flexion exercises and intense abdominal exercises.

Relaxin, the hormone produced during pregnancy, creates a loosening in the ligaments in your joints. This means that you should be careful and work within a controlled range of movement to avoid injuring yourself.

Listen to your body

It is so important to stay tuned-in to how you feel during your pregnancy.

The benefits of keeping active and fit during pregnancy are huge (it can reduce complications during pregnancy and lead to shorter labours).

However, the hormonal and physical changes that take place during the early stages of pregnancy can leave you exhausted.

Now you’re exercising for two it is important to go with your instinct. So, stop any exercise that feels wrong and don’t just “push through”.

And, give yourself a rest from Pilates if that is what you feel your body needs.

Keeping safe in Pilates class during early pregnancy

Keep Pilates safe for you during those early stages of pregnancy by following some simple steps:

    • Choose an experienced instructor who is trained in pre- and postnatal Pilates.
    • Pick the right class for you – go for 1-2-1 or smaller group classes if you have more specific needs.
    • Listen to your body and don’t perform exercises that feel wrong.
    • Rest if you feel like you need to.

If you do this then you should be able to enjoy Pilates right through your pregnancy.