Pilates during pregnancy has been in the public again again recently with Andy Murray’s wife Kim Sears was snapped heading to a class. When done properly, pregnancy pilates is perfectly safe.
Make sure to check that your instructor is trained in teaching pregnant women & choose a pilates class that’s appropriate for pregnant women. Please check our classes page for more information.
The main benefit of pilates during pregnancy is that it targets those muscles & functions, in a safe way, that can be a problem during & after birth. There is even some research which suggests that doing pilates regularly can be as effective as doing pelvic floor exercises.
Regular pilates will strengthen your tummy muscles, reduce back pain & help you with balance which is ideal as your bump grows. It will also strengthen your pelvic floor, take the strain off your back & pelvis whilst showing you how to relax & control your breathing, perfect for labour!
Is there anything to do if you’re new to pilates? Make sure you can find your pelvic floor muscles. If you are able to do a good pelvic floor contraction, you’ll get more out of your pilates session.