Using Pilates to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
Meeting and greeting the demands placed on your body during pregnancy can be easy – if you‘re prepared. If you are planning on getting pregnant in the future, consider practicing Pilates beforehand. This method won’t just help you achieve a strong, pre-pregnancy body. Below, you will find three huge reasons to add Pilates to your list of things to try in preparation for pregnancy.
The mass of muscles, ligaments, and tendons surrounding the lower back, abdomen, pelvic floor, hips, and thighs are referred to as the core; every move begins by engaging it. Strong core muscles help ease the discomforts of pregnancy.
Innards: No core muscles are ignored in Pilates; it works each individual muscle. This means that even innermost muscles from the back, side, front, and below are strengthened; in turn, providing support to all the ligaments and tendons as well. Strength deep within creates a supportive, hammock-like foundation for sustaining a growing uterus.
Lower Back: The lower back begins to ache as the midsection starts to expand. Strengthening core back muscles will help keep good spine alignment, and relieve pressure caused from expansion.
Pelvic Floor, Hips, and Thighs: As the baby and uterus grow in size and weight, their heaviness burdens the pelvic floor, hips, and thighs. Strengthening these areas through Pilates allows the muscles to withstand and distribute weight, and the feelings of discomfort or weakness can be diminished considerably.