By: Special Advertising Section January 7, 2015
Q: How is Pilates beneficial for the pre- and post-natal client?
A: Pilates is a great way for the mom-to-be to gently strengthen and tone muscles, as well as to stretch tight muscles. Pilates specifically focuses on the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor, which are important muscle groups to help support the pregnant body. Another benefit of Pilates is that most exercises are easily modified. Certain positions are contraindicated in the second trimester (such as lying on your back or stomach), but many exercises can be done side-lying or seated to achieve similar results.
“Gentle exercise is important to maintain pre-natal strength and flexibility. Pilates helps strengthen the postural muscles, allowing for a more comfortable, pain-free pregnancy,” says owner Ron Jegadeesh, P.T., M.B.A.
After having a baby, Pilates can help you get back into shape. Pilates is an excellent choice when you want to regain muscle tone, improve postural imbalances due to caring for a newborn, and correct pelvic floor dysfunction. Exercises focus on activating smaller muscles and the breath. Clients generally find that Pilates will help tone and strengthen all areas of the body.
Be sure to ask your doctor or midwife before beginning any new exercise program. It’s important to train with an instructor who is qualified to teach pregnant women. Many of our trainers on staff at Pilates Fitness and Physical Therapy Center have completed specialized pre- and post-natal training. Be sure to tell your instructor that you’re pregnant, and listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, stop the exercise and check with your instructor.