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Q&A: Doing pilates during pregnancy?

Can pregnant women do Pilates?

Re: Can pregnant women do Pilates?

The Bump Expert

Yes! Pilates is a non-impact workout that increases flexibility, strength, and muscle tone. Because it focuses on your core, practicing Pilates on a regular basis can improve posture, alleviate backaches, and ultimately help with labor and delivery. Plus, it will boost your mood and energy level. Choose a prenatal class if you can. Otherwise, let the instructor know you're pregnant so she can help you modify or skip any risky moves.

Remember, once you’re in your second trimester, avoid exercising on your back. The weight of your uterus can press on the vena cava, which is the main vein that carries blood from your lower body to your heart. Compressing it can interfere with the circulation of both you and baby.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Pregnant Pilates?

Nothing is better than Pilates. I am 17 weeks this week and have only gained a few pounds and 1 1/2 inches around the abdomen. I feel great and believe that it is a direct result from using the reformer. I would not recommend mat classes in your 2nd tri. It's hard on the back.

schmittn |

Q&A: Doing pilates during pregnancy?

Yes - you can do pilates during pregnancy. I did. I bought DVDs from http://www.pregalates.com which are great because they take you through pilates exercise for each trimester. The instructor is in the same pregnancy trimester as the DVd so you can really see how the exercises should be done.

km80 |

Q&A: Doing pilates during pregnancy?

If any of you have an iPhone or iPod Touch there is a prenatal pilates app. I'm thinking of getting it. I love pilates

ezziriah |

Q&A: Doing pilates during pregnancy?

I am 17 weeks pregnant and I've been a pilates instructor for the past 5+ years. I have always loved pilates, but I am loving it even more now that I'm pregnant. Its really helping to keep my body in shape and it also helps with the lower back pain I've been having. I highly recommend for anyone looking for pilates to find a CERTIFIED instructor and use the apparatus/equipment that is specific to pilates (the Reformer, the Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair). A private instructor will insure that you get the specific attention you need during the pregnancy. The unfortunate part of joining a mat class or doing a dvd is that the instructor can't see specifically what your body is doing correctly or incorrectly. The last thing you want to do is get hurt or endanger the baby. Avoid laying on your back for long periods of time, and avoid all extension or twisting exercises - they can result in diastasis (a seperation of the transverse abdominal muscle). A certified instructor is the way to go!

kripley418 |

Q&A: Doing pilates during pregnancy?

I have been doing pilates on a fairly regular basis for the last 2 years. I stopped last summer because things got really busy but now that I'm pregnant, I most definitely want to get back into it. I'm in my first trimester and I haven't told a lot of people about our pregnancy yet. I wanted to know if it was ok for me to do exercises on my stomach. I guess I'll have to mention it to my instructor to be on the safe side as well. I know she teaches pre- and post-natal classes so I'm sure she knows what she's doing but I wanted to know what other people have been told.

mazaya |