Pilates strengthens your belly, back and pelvic floor muscles without pulling other joints, so it’s a great exercise to do when pregnant. Research suggests that doing Pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.
The main advantage of Pilates is that it targets the precise muscles that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way.
Doing regular Pilates will help to
- Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis. Strengthen your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down. This may prevent you from leaking small amounts of wee when you cough or sneeze.
- Strengthen your tummy muscle, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your developing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
- Takes the strain off your back and pelvis, by using positions such as going on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy.
- Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth.
- Helps with balance, as you may feel clumsier, or that your balance isn’t as good as usual, in pregnancy. Pilate’s exercises strengthen your core and may make you more stable when you walk as your baby grows.
- Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour.
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Pilates for Pregnancy – Mixed Level (it would be useful if you have done Pilates in the past but not necessary)
6 week course Wednesday Starts