Pilates and Pregnancy

barefoot studio pilates and pregnancy

What are the Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy?

Latest guidelines suggest that healthy pregnant women should partake in 30 minutes of moderate exercise most, if not all, days of the week. This can be as simple as going for a good walk on a daily basis but also includes exercise classes such as Pilates.

This level of exercise can help with cardiovascular fitness and can reduce the risk of insomnia and depression, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, assisted deliveries, pelvic girdle pain, rectus diastasis and incontinence. Exercise in pregnancy can also help maintain a healthy weight and muscle strength and flexibility. It can also potentially shorten labour!

Exercising in pregnancy is also good for baby and the development of their heart. A study has shown that babies whose mothers exercised when pregnant coped better with the birth and afterwards.

Pilates is a particularly good choice of exercise in pregnancy and postnatally as a large focus is placed on the pelvic floor muscles which are important to strengthen not just during pregnancy but afterwards and forever onwards! A weak pelvic floor muscle can cause lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, breathing disorders and urinary incontinence.

As well as strengthening the pelvic floor muscle, Pilates during pregnancy can also prevent or help with pelvic girdle pain and lower back pain. It helps prepare the body for labour and is great for relaxation. Pilates has also been shown to help maintain good circulation, flexibility and co-ordination.

Book your Pilates and Pregnancy Class  

At Barefoot Studio we offer one-one or two-one sessions for those who are pregnant from 6 weeks or postnatally using both the mat and the reformers. Each session will be individually tailored to each client. We also have a women’s specialist physiotherapist on site to help with any pregnancy-related problems.

For further details please speak to a qualified Pilates Instructor at Barefoot Studio about your consultation. You can then start maximising and really enjoying your pilates workouts. Email: info@barefootstudio.co.uk or Call: 01446 775772, one of our team will be happy to answer your questions.