what about exercise in pregnancy?
Being pregnant is a very special time in your life and a time when a woman’s body undergoes many changes such as emotional, physical and hormonal. As the baby grows your abdominal muscles are stretched and can separate slightly so you have to be careful not to strain them so they return to normal after giving birth. Similarly your pelvic floor muscles (Kegal muscles) are stretched downwards under the weight of your “baby bump” so again it is important not to strain these muscles so that later in life you do not have problems with leaking urine or pelvic organ prolapse. Due to the increased stretching and pressures placed on the muscles and joints around your lower back as well as your pelvis it is very important to minimize pain and discomfort by keeping fit in pregnancy but to do so safely. Therefore Pilates is perfect for this.
Prenatal Pilates is specifically designed to safely target the deep muscles around your back and pelvis so that you can maintain good muscle strength and posture throughout your pregnancy. It will assist in making your pregnancy comfortable and pain free. Pilates during your pregnancy will give you more energy, relax you and prepare your body for labor. It will also assist in getting your figure back after giving birth.
It is even more beneficial if you begin Pilates before you get pregnant to get your body into shape .Your body will then be ready to undergo the changes of pregnancy.
If you are concerned about any pain you are experiencing or issues you have with exercising then please discuss with one of the 100 Pilates Studio Dubai team or with one of the physiotherapists from Primavera Medical Centre who specialize in back / pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. They treat pregnant and non-pregnant women.
Christine Forbes and Sarah Kenagy
Primavera Medical Centre
Tel: 04 3754669
A few doors down from The Hundred Pilates Studio, Dubai