Pregnancy and Pilates
Date: Friday @ 14H00
Cost: R100 per class
Bookings essential as space is limited
Congratulations on your pregnancy.
This is magical time in your life when your body goes through many changes to prepare itself for your baby.
Pilates is an excellent and safe form of exercise that one can start before or after falling pregnant, it will ensure that your body is completely prepared and looked after for the next 9months.
Pilates will help to strengthen your postural muscles, prepare you for labour and help to train the muscles which support and protect your spine and pelvis and keep you strong for the demands of labour and motherhood, which follow.
If practised during pregnancy, Pilates prepares the body for the many changes it has to go through and can be used to develop useful skills (such as breathing techniques) needed during labour.
HOW WILL PREGALATES BENEFIT ME DURING MY PREGNANCY?
1. Pilates builds core strength by toning the back, arms, abdominals and pelvic muscles including the pelvic floor muscle, all of which will help you to have a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery. Strong abdominal muscles help to support your back and decrease the likelihood of backaches and pains. Other benefits include increased lung capacity through deep breathing – very helpful for labour – as well as improved posture. Pilates is also excellent for relaxation and de-stressing.
Practicing Pilates throughout your pregnancy even for short periods of time, will help prepare you to stay focused and relaxed during childbirth.
2. Pilates is generally quite gentle and adaptable, so the exercises can be modified to accommodate your changing shape. Pilates also targets core muscles without putting strain on the joints. Post-pregnancy Pilates is also fantastic for helping you get back into shape and will keep your core strong, which helps immensely when you’re carrying and lifting your ever-growing bundle of joy.
How should I dress For My Pgelates
Comfort is the key. You have to be able to move so that you are not thinking about your clothes.
Your clothes need to fit you well. I lean towards clothes that are made up of natural fibers and a
stretch material. I also recommend going to the studio in layers. I recommend throwing on a light
sweater or leg warmers that can easily be removed once your get your blood flowing.
For the feet: we prefer barefoot but socks can be worn too.