Many of our clients have gone through the whole of their pregnancy with us here at the Studio. Their bodies have never been fitter or more ready for the birthing process following swiftly into parenting and then getting their bodies back into shape once more. There is huge evidence that Pilates exercise all the way through pregnancy is the healthiest thing you can give to yourself and your baby.
During pregnancy your Pilates teacher will modify the class depending on how you are feeling on the day. The areas of focus will alter as your body changes and you will need to work on specific areas of strength.
During the First Trimester most women will feel exhausted or nauseous. These sensations often improve later in pregnancy, allowing you to do more but it is most important to tell your teacher that you are expecting and to ask your doctor for a letter of clearance to say you can continue to exercise.
In the Second and Third Trimesters the focus becomes more about strengthening the body and addressing other changes that will occur.
In addition to all of the above, Pilates is also a great aid to relaxation and allows you to have time for yourself and to de-stress.
Joseph Pilates focussed on various breathing techniques to help relaxation, lower blood pressure and to activate muscles that help improve posture – that why we focus so much on our breathing.