It is always important to remember that pregnancy is a sign of health not weakness. Different women have different needs, and the same woman might have totally different needs as her pregnancy develops.
It is vital to keep up strength during this time in order to prepare for the demands of childbirth and motherhood. Although Pilates is centered around core strength, the method can be adapted to give a whole body workout appropriate to the pregnant body.
Deep abdominal exercises and intense stretching are off the table. Instead the focus is on fluid movement, a balanced body and breathing. Exercise during this time is important as ever for physical and mental well-being. However energy levels will vary greatly so you have to adapt as you go and the Pilates studio offers endless modifications.
Pilates for active mums
If prior to becoming pregnant you were fairly active, you may find that certain forms of exercise become impractical or impossible as your body changes. Machine based Pilates can provide a very strong workout while supporting the pregnant frame.
However on a less energetic day emphasis can shift to breathing and relaxation. On the other hand if you did almost no exercise prior to pregnancy, machine pilates can provide a gentle platform to build strength slowly and gain body awareness. Most pregnant women can continue studio Pilates up until their due date, provided they have the desire to come in!
Pregnancy conditions Pilates
Pilates is also suited to a range of specific conditions some women may experience during pregnancy. These include Pelvic Girdle Pain/Dysfunction, Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction, cramping in the feet in legs, and feeling faint when standing up quickly. There are specific exercises that target these various issues, but also machine based pilates supports the particular needs each condition presents.