Pilates during pregnancy – Great for fitness & wellbeing! November 11 2016

Pilates is an ideal exercise during pregnancy as it builds strength, stability and mobility, improves posture and creates a happier, healthier fitter body for you (and your baby) to live in! You will look fantastic - and feel fit and flexible.

As your precious baby grows, it will add pressure to your body. Pregnancy pilates will target and strengthen the exact muscles that can be problematic during pregnancy. Regular pilates exercise strengthens your tummy muscles, pelvic floor muscles and your back while you progress through pregnancy. 

A beautiful posture and stronger core will help make your pregnancy more comfortable and enjoyable.  Plus, as always, pilates will boost your energy level and mood!

Note: We recommend that you do not experiment with any new exercise type during your first trimester. Do speak with us first regardless of whether you do Suna regularly or are looking at a new way to stay fit during pregnancy. Obviously if there are any known issues or complications let us know immediately. 

Pilates supports your changing pregnant body - so you can stay fit and fabulous!

Did you know that your stomach muscles can stretch by 50% during pregnancy? This lengthening can weaken your core and lead to back pain and bad posture. Strengthening your core tummy muscles will keep your posture gorgeous, and support your back and pelvis, stabilising your core.  Your pelvic floor muscles are important to strengthen during pregnancy.  As your baby grows bigger and starts to move down, this muscle will support your uterus, bowel and bladder.  (You may experience urine loss if these muscles are weak.) As your centre of gravity shifts, it is important to strengthen your back.  Ensuring you have a correct posture will alleviate the pressure on your back.

Suna Pilates controlled breathing is important.  Focus on breathing will help with stress relief, and will prepare you for controlled breathing during labour. Conscious breathing will also help with stamina.  

Is pilates safe during pregnancy?

Pilates is easily adapted for pregnancy, which is why it is a good and safe choice for you. Make sure your instructor knows you are pregnant so we can give you the very best care.

Suna pilates instructors will vary your exercises throughout your three trimesters, as there are certain movements that should be avoided while you are pregnant.

Suna’s top 9 tips for pregnancy pilates:

  1. Most importantly, pilates helps you look after yourself and your precious baby. Invest in a happier, healthier, fitter you - you and your baby will reap the benefits.
  2. Fix your posture and strengthen your muscles. Take the pressure off your body. Your body will thank you for it, and you will feel great.
  3. Strengthen your tummy muscles. Your posture is important, so stabilise your core.
  4. Strengthen your pelvic floor muscle. This muscle needs to be strong as the baby moves down.
  5. Strengthen your back. No one wants a pain in the back!
  6. Energise your body through breathing. Your mood will increase.  You won’t regret it.
  7. Stabilise and mobilise your body. Your body will get heavier; but you should not be in pain or discomfort.
  8. Stay in fantastic shape during pregnancy. Pilates will keep you fit and flexible.
  9. Qualified Pilates Trainers are a must. Pilates exercises must be adapted to protect you and your baby.

If you are pregnant, congratulations! We look forward to supporting your health and fitness through your journey to motherhood. Get in touch to talk about how we can help provide safe and effective pregnancy exercise.