Pilates is an activity that seeks balance of body and mind and is quite advisable during pregnancy, which combines flexibility, strength, body awareness, relaxation and breathing.
Pilates help fight contracting the muscles of the abdomen and the woman’s basin which due to the baby’s weight tend to weaken during the 9 months of the pregnancy.
There are numerous benefits of pilates for pregnant women, but before starting or continuing this practice you should seek the advice of the doctor accompanying your pregnancy.
Benefit of pilates for pregnant women
- Work the breath;
- Improvement of body awareness;
- Helps correct posture;
- Strengthens circulation in the pelvic region;
- Prevents incontinence;
- Improvement of circulation;
- Prevents cramps and swelling in the legs;
- Preparation for childbirth;
- Promotes physical and mental well-being.
Like any physical activity before starting it should talk to your doctor, some doctors do not advise this practice others recommend starting only in the second half, there are several exercises designed especially for pregnant women, but should always be done with advice from a specialist. Some positions, such as those on the stomach or lying flat on the stomach, are not recommended from the middle of gestation.
Pregnancy Care for Pilates
You should do only the exercises recommended for pregnant women, so it is best to enroll in a pilates class for pregnant women with a qualified instructor.
The duration of a class should not exceed 45/60 minutes, and never more than 2 times a week.
Pregnant women at risk should not practice pilates during pregnancy.
All exercises that put the pregnant woman in positions that cause a lot of imbalance should be avoided to avoid risk of falls, so those that speed up or lower the breathing too much.
Pilates are also not recommended for pregnant women who have never practiced any type of physical exercise
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