As it seems to be a « loving season » in Shanghai I resulted to have many of my students who get pregnant –
That just gave me the idea to talk to you a little bit about Pilates and Pregnancy –
I will make it very simple and answer the more frequently asked questions-
- “Iam pregnant, Can i practice Pilates ? »
Yes. Pilates method is very well adapted to pregnancy -Pilates technique is based on what we call the « power house » meaning all the core muscles = abdominals, pelvic floor, back muscles- these ones are the foundation of our body : core muscles maintain and support the rest of our muscles, skeleton and organs. Pilates will also helps with stiffness and help develop awareness of your body and flexibility of your main muscles- That’s why that’s great benefit either you are pregnant or not
- »Why is it especially good for pregnant women?”
As we said Pilates will help as well pregnant women as well non pregnant people, but the specificity when you are pregnant is :
Baby inside the body is moving the heart of gravity from center to the front- so pregnant women will feel more easily back pain, especially into the lower back – As pregnancy goes on, weight is becoming heavier for the mother, and strengthen tummy muscles, will help your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of the growing baby. Hormones make the tissues -ligaments- that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
Strenghen pelvic floor- studies have shown that practice Pilates regurgaly before, during and after a pregnancy is as effective as pelvic floor exercises. And from my experience i now work and exchange with a nurse in Shanghai, and she strongly recommend Pilates for pregnancies – she even told me that there is a huge difference in pelvic floor rehabilitation between women practicing or non practicing Pilates.