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Pilates During Pregnancy - Precautions for Pilates While Pregnant

Updated on September 29, 2010

Can I Do Pilates During My Pregnancy?

That question is frequently asked by pregnant women everywhere. Is it safe to do pilates during pregnancy? The answer: yes, you probably can. As always, make sure to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program (especially during your pregnancy!), to make sure that your body is equipped to handle it. Pilates is a very gentle exercise, similar to yoga and has many wonderful benefits for your body.

Why Should You Consider Pilates During Pregnancy? This article will outline the following topics of interest related to pilates during pregnancy.

  • How Pilates is Different When You're Pregnant
  • Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy
  • Safety Precautions of Pregnant Pilates
  • View Prenatal Pilates Videos at the end of this article.

How Pilates is Different When Your Pregnant

Chances are you've already tried pilates or know a friend who swears by it. Pilates when you're pregnant is very important in order to help build your abdominal muscles, back muscles and pelvic muscles to assist your body through child birth and to carry around the extra weight that pregnancy will put onto your body. It is not recommended to do regular pilates programs on your own without any special assistance, whether it be a in-depth pilates pregnancy instruction video or even private classes at your local health center. Do a google search in your area for pilates pregnancy classes - chances are, they exist! While your pregnant, your pilates should be carefully designed and targeted for pregnant bodies.

Important things before you start:

  • Ask your doctor if you should consider pilates during your pregnancy.
  • Locate an instructor, group classes, or in-depth instructional video to avoid injury to your or your baby.
  • Do NOT overdo it! You could risk damage to you and your baby by overdoing any form of exercise during your pregnancy(running, yoga, pilates, etc.)

Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy

If done correctly, pilates during your pregnancy can really benefit your body, your baby and even your spirit and sense of self. Continue with pilates after your pregnancy to enjoy a fast and relaxing way to 'getting your body back!'

  • Strengthen and build back, pelvic & abdominal muscles
  • Increase the flow of blood to your joints
  • Help increase the level of your energy
  • Keeps you physically fit and inhibits unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy

Safety Precautions and Pregnant Pilates

Again, please make sure to consult your doctor and make sure that you have some basic fundamentals down before embarking on your own pregnant pilates program.

  • Don't overdo it - Listen to your body; stop immediately if you feel faint or light-headed.
  • Watch your balance (your center of gravity has changed!)
  • Acquire comfortable exercise mats to properly cushion yourself.
  • Do not over-extend and strain your lower back.
  • And one more time - consult your physician before you attempt to do ANY exercise during your pregnancy.

By taking these precautions into consideration, the benefits of pilates during your pregnancy can greatly help you to become more fit during and after your pregnancy.

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      Audrey 7 years ago

      Pilates During Pregnancy with Niece Pecenka - An inpiring Pilates based routine adapted for busy women in all trimesters who want to feel fit, healthy, and fabulous.

      Pilates During Pregnancy requires you to move consciously - using the breath to revitalize and energize - something you will need to depend on during and after childbirth. Every movement in Pilates emanates from the "center" - helping you focus on those muscles necessary for labor and delivery.

      This routine is comprised of two distinct sections to make the most of you time.

      Section I - abdominal and breath work = 15 minutes

      Section II - side leg series, lower body work = 30 minutes

      Sections I and II can be combined for a longer workout depending upon your time and energy level.

      You will need a minimum of three blankets, folded and stacked. So Let's Move. You'll love it.

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      girly_girl09 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your expertise on doing pilates while pregnant.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Tricia writes: It's so true, Pilates is great for most pregnant women, but it is essential to check with your doctor first. As a pregnancy trained Pilates Instructor, I do agree that pregnant clients should ensure that they find a special pregnancy pilates class or have 1-2-1 sessions with a pregnancy trained instructor. There are special adaptations to many of the moves for pregnancy. There are great benefits from practising pilates correctly in pregnancy, including often a reduction in postural related back ache.

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      I can't even do Pilates un-pregnant. I have absolutely no upper body strength. Don't think I haven't tried, but I'm a duck out of water with this stuff. But I can definitely see how being limber would be a huge asset in the delivery room! Personally, if I ever get pregnant again (God forbid) I'll be scheduling a C-Section at my first OB appt.

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      It would be great, but remember, your center of gravity changes.. gravity itself changes! Lol!! Keeping limber is a huge benefit and gets you back in shape quicker!!

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      girly_girl09 8 years ago from United States

      Thanks for reading. I haven't been pregnant yet and don't have any plans to be in the near future! lol But, I currently do pilates and LOVE it!

      Earlier today, I heard someone talking about how much they love pilates (they were pregnant) so it inspired me to do research and write this article. When I do have children someday, I will definitely do pilates during my pregnancy as I'm convinced the benefits are worth it, as long as you do it right. :)

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Pilates is just plain great. It's a good idea to have some there to watch you so you stay get less benefits if you're doing it wrong, and could even get hurt, as you said.. great hub!