Pregnant Women Should be Doing Pilates
During pregnancy women experience significant changes in their changes in their bodies—most noticeably, in the abdominal muscles. Hormones such as Estrogen, Progesterone, and Relaxin are all increased in a woman’s body during this time to help prepare the uterus and pelvic floor for birth. As a mother’s belly, and baby, grow her abdominals become stretched. As a result, organs are pushed up and compacted, and as she progresses into the third trimester her center of gravity shifts. Typically, women have been directed to engage their pelvic floor with “Kegeling” exercises.
What most women don’t hear about are the benefits of Pilates and why the American Counsel of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognizes this type of exercise as the most efficient during the prenatal period and beyond. Above all, pilates has many advantages for pregnant woman, and I am so excited to share with you exercises in future articles that will keep you feeling strong and supported during pregnancy.
Top 5 Reasons Why Pregnant Women Should Be Doing Pilates
Activates the pelvic floor and core. As Mom’s belly grows strength in the pelvic girdle is vital in helping alleviate back pain, pubic symhthys disorder, and round ligament pain.
Provides the perfect conditioning program for child birth. Pilates patterned breathing, and attention to the deep core-pelvic floor, sets Moms up for success during early to active labor, and vaginal/cesarian delivery.
Promotes blood flow to the fetus. The core work in which Pilates is based delivers consistent blood flow and oxygen to the pelvic floor. Whereas other exercises tend to direct blood flow away from the uterus to the outer extremities causing stress to the fetus.
Improves joint stability. Relaxin floods the body during pregnancy causing joints and ligaments to become lax. Strengthening these areas decreases the risk of strain or sprain. This can inhibit pelvic floor engagement during the pushing phase of delivery.
As a result you will have faster postpartum recovery. Strong, flexible abdominal muscles bounce back in a shorter time frame. Pilates also decreases the chances of developing postpartum depression.
Written By: Emily V. Galica
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