Pilates & Pregnancy

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If you plan to have a child and give birth it is very important that your body is healthy and in a good condition. It may be strange for you that I refer to that, but giving birth is like running a marathon. You need to be fit and strong for the birth.

There are many options on how to get and be fit. First you need to check your eating habits. If you wish for a healthy child, you need to eat healthy food and forget about fast and frozen food. Your best friends are fresh vegetables, fruits and sugar free water.

Then I would suggest a checkup with your doctor to see if you got all the vitamins you need and your blood pressure is normal. Too high or too low blood pressure could lead in a miscarriage or a difficult birth.

Find the sport which suits you best. There is pregnancy Yoga, water fitness which is especially good for Mothers who are overweight, you even can go to a fitness studio but only with the right instructions and professional company.

Today I would like to talk about how important and good pilates is for your health and body. Most of the people have problems with their back. This issues we can be perfectly handled with pilates. This slow and deep muscle work comes from the 1920 and was found and developed by Joseph Pilates. All movements are connected with inhaling and exhaling. This helps you to calm down and in the same time helps you to focus on your body. It is proven that people who practice pilates before, during and after birth experience less pain and can recover much faster.

Regular pilates will help to:

  • Strengthen your tummy muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
  • Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilise your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
  • Strengthen your pelvic floor, which will help to support your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down. This may prevent you from leaking small amounts of wee when you cough or sneeze.
  • Helps with balance, as you may feel a little clumsier, or that your balance isn’t as good as usual, in pregnancy. Pilates  exercises strengthen your core and may make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows.
  • Takes the strain off your back and pelvis, by using positions such as going on your hands and knees, which is a great position for pregnancy. Towards the end of your pregnancy, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for your birth.
  • Relax and control your breathing, which is important for pregnancy and labour. (http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a563313/pilates-in-pregnancy#ixzz4WNv76chr)

If you like to start with pilates please go first to a classified pilates teacher to teach you       the basic positions. People who don´t know how to do it and start alone at home can be injured. In the beginning it is important that you get professional guiding and support.