Pilates for Pregnancy

“Pregnancy is associated with a number of musculosketal problems. It is important to educate all mothers, as well as those involved in exercises that are safe in pregnancy (in particular pelvic floor exercises).

There is not much that can be done to alter the inevitable physiological and hormonal changes of pregnancy. However with Pilates, you will strengthen the core, stabilising muscles around the pelvis and spine, and improve your breathing pattern.

Pilates is based on the principle that a central core is developed and then movements are introduced to challenge this core stability. The Pilates principles are clearly applicable in pregnancy.

By maximising the mother’s core stability before and during pregnancy with Pilates, it should be possible to limit any potential harm. Returning to exercise soon after the birth is important for the mother’s physical and mental wellbeing – ” she looks after her baby’s body for nine months, who cares for hers? “ Midwives magazine: May 2005

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