Having a child is a wonderful experience, but 9 months of carrying a baby can really take a toll on your body if you don’t stay fit. Prenatal Pilates is the perfect choice if you want to keep your body in toned condition throughout your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. It can help to tone your muscles, and give you more energy throughout the day so that you do not become lethargic. Even though the exercises will get your blood pumping, it can be relaxing and peaceful in some ways as well to ease stress that you may be experiencing. The exercises are intense enough that women get what their bodies need, but easy enough that they are completely safe for both expectant moms and their babies.
Some ways that prenatal Pilates can be beneficial are as follows:
As the baby grows larger, you will find that it puts more and more pressure on your stomach muscles. Over time, this can cause pelvic or back pain, and in turn your muscles may become weaker under the weight. Pilates targets these areas, giving you greater abdominal strength and toned muscles to support the baby.
Most pregnant women find that they are more clumsy when they are pregnant, because their sense of balance is off. This is because your posture has completely changed, while carrying the baby. Your balance is especially off in the late trimesters of pregnancy. Pilates can help with balance by improving your level of balance with exercises that will teach you how to control your muscles, and posture, so that you can reduce the risk of falls that could potentially harm you or your baby.
Preparation for Delivery
Many Pilates exercises are done facing down, on your hands and knees. This position is great for the baby, and in the later days of your pregnancy it can also help to get the baby into the right position when the birth is imminent.
Benefits Post Pregnancy
Prenatal Pilates can help get your body back into shape quickly after you have given birth. Since Pilates mainly focuses on the stomach and abdominal areas, it can help to tone your stomach after the baby is born. Many women feel like they don’t have a lot of energy after giving birth, but Pilates can renew and rejuvenate their bodies so that they will remain energized. There are many exercises that could be included in a quality Pilates workout, that range from light and non-strenuous to very intense, so women won’t need a lot of energy at first to do them. After you have been doing the exercises for a couple of weeks, your body will adjust and you will begin to see positive changes in your body. HIP Studio offers Pilates classes at various times throughout the week so they can fit into any busy new mom’s schedule!
Co-owner of High Intenstity Pilates Studio, Amber Susa Jewett lives in Redondo Beach with her husband Chris. An exercise enthusiast with a gymnastics and dance background, she chose to pursue her passion for health and fitness full-time after years of working as an actress and dancer. Amber is a certified personal trainer, speed & agility coach, TRX instructor, Zumba instructor, and STOTT Pilates instructor, and continues to explore new ways to challenge herself and others. She is thrilled to combine her love for exercise with her passion to motivate and inspire to co-create the ideal fitness environment with her HIP Studio partner Christine Crivello.