Using Pilates To Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy
Pilates is a popular non-impact workout method that promotes flexibility and strength, as well as muscle tone. The exercise method was developed by Joseph Pilates and it is now one of the most popular exercise regimens in the country today.
What many people love about pilates is that it is a very adaptable method of working out. Seniors can do it, pregnant women can do it, beginners can do it and advanced fitness pros and experts can do it. When it comes to pilates, there really is something for everyone.
Most doctors and experts agree that Pilates is a safe workout and actually recommends it for pregnant women. Pilates can help to strengthen the core, which is helpful not only for pregnancy but for labor, delivery and the post-partum period as well.
Pilates can also help to alleviate some of the aches and pains that pregnancy is famous for. Not to mention the wonderful affects that Pilates can have on your mood and energy level. In fact, many fitness experts and even doctors recommend Pilates as one of the very best exercises for pregnant women, and specifically, one of the best exercises for the first trimester.
What you should keep in mind is that you might have to do some modifications on your routine for your specific case. Some women feel very sick or run down during early pregnancy and those women will need to modify their Pilates routines.
Don’t compare yourself to other women and what works for them. Only focus on yourself. Also, know the signs that you need pare down your Pilates routine or take a break from exercise. If you feel dizzy, nauseous, heart palpitations or other problems, quit your Pilates routine until you talk with your doctor.
For most women, Pilates is a great choice for a low impact or no impact form of exercise that works for all stages of pregnancy. Pilates improves flexibility. In turn, this helps many women to have a less painful childbirth and even a faster labor and delivery.
Pilates also improves strength, which helps many women to avoid backaches and other pain that occurs when you are pregnant. If you happen to have any other pregnancy complications, it is a good idea to check with your doctor and talk with him or her before you do decide which workout routine is right for you. Usually, Pilates is very safe and has no complications, but it’s always a great idea to check with your doctor beforehand.
Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.
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