Unless advised otherwise by your midwife or obstetrician women are encouraged to exercise throughout their pregnancy for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week.
Pilates is an ideal low impact and safe form of exercise to build strength and endurance in the muscles where you need it most during your pregnancy.
There are many great benefits of exercise in pregnancy including:
- Improved heart & lung function
- Decreased risk of gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure
- Maintaining healthy weight gain throughout your pregnancy and muscle to fat ratios
- Improved mental health and wellbeing for mother and baby, decreasing incidences of pre-birth and postpartum depression
- Improved strength, balance and alignment to counteract the changing forces on your body
- Decreased low back and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain
- Shorter, easier and less complicated labour and faster post partum recovery
There are a number of absolute contraindications to exercise in pregnancy, and High Risk pregnancies will need to be monitored closely.
There are guidelines about what is safe and unsafe during pregnancy but every women's body is different, and no two pregnancies are the same, therefore treatment and advice must be tailored to you as an individual and taking into account your level of fitness or activity prior to pregnancy.
Exercise during pregnancy will help not only with growing and carrying your baby well, but in preparing your body for labour which puts an enormous amount of strain on your body and pelvic floor and can leave some women with dysfunction.
Exercise throughout your pregnancy also prepares your body for the increased challenges it will face in the post natal period moving and carrying not only your newborn baby around but all the associated accessories that go with a newborn baby too!
If you would like some advice about exercise in pregnancy, book your appointment today so you can have the confidence to stay strong and active for the 9 month journey ahead and beyond!