PRE + POST NATAL PILATES 

Pregnancy and childbirth can be incredibly empowering and magical time in a women's life. There are amazing changes in the body and this has a major impact, both internally and externally for Mum.
During pregnancy, every system is affected, including respiratory, cardiac/circulatory, hormonal and musculoskeletal. This can lead to shortness of breath, tiredness, swelling, varicose veins, postural changes and issues such as lower back pain, pelvic joint pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, Rectus Diastasis (separation of the abdominal muscles) and urinary incontinence.
 
Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps prevent disease, is important for healthy bones and can help reduce stress, manage fatigue and lead to a better overall quality of life. The benefits of exercise do not decrease with the onset of pregnancy, but many women are confused in terms of what they are safely capable of doing as they progress through the normal stages of pregnancy.
After childbirth, women are in a state of recovery, and while there are definite limitations, exercise can facilitate a speedy return to normal physical function. Pilates is one of the best methods for exercising while pregnant, and to also regain strength after pregnancy. The highly targeted, modifiable exercises of the Pilates repertoire can effectively accommodate the needs of the pregnant and post-pregnant woman. With careful exercise selection, a Pilates program can make a woman feel stronger, improve injury and decrease the chances of any physical complications occurring.
The benefits of Pilates include (but are not limited to) 
• Minimising the physical effects of pregnancy
• Building strength in a safe manner
• Injury management
• Decrease postural changes
• Limit the chances of new injuries
• Better recovery for post-pregnancy
• Maintaining mobility and independence
Source _ studio Pilates
Pregnant Woman Working Out
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