For many women, pregnancy can be a truly fun and exciting time.
However, unwanted and pregnancy-related discomforts (read: nausea, edema, back pain, etc.) can oftentimes take the fun factor out of the equation.
Fortunately, you have a very effective ally that will help combat many of the inconveniences that come with pregnancy—prenatal Pilates.
Joining a prenatal Pilates Singapore class not only gives you access to a safe, gentle, and low-impact exercise, it also introduces you to an exercises method that provides benefits you can’t afford to miss out on.
It teaches deep and full breathing. Full and deep breathing is necessary when executing Pilates exercises. Proper breathing helps in the maintenance of the transverses abdominus connection. Correct execution coupled with the right breathing techniques will help maintain good core support not just to the back but the rest of the body as well.
Some prenatal Pilates exercises also help improve the flexibility of the body’s intercostal muscles. This would mean it will be a lot easier for the ribs to move once the baby starts taking up space in the abdominal cavity. And of course, proper breathing can surely help make labor and delivery a lot easier.
It helps you develop stronger upper back and arms. Both arms and upper back strength are very vital especially after childbirth. Since you will be carrying and holding your baby every now and then, strong upper back and arms can come in very handy. This is especially true once the baby grows and becomes heavier.
In addition, during pregnancy, there is an expected increase not just in the breast mass but also in the weight of the front of the body. This can sometimes result to some pregnant women becoming kyphotic. In some cases, the hunched over posture can only get worse after the baby is born.
Fortunately, some Pilates exercises target the upper back muscles. This will not only effectively counter the tendency to hunch over but more importantly, it will help keep likely injuries at bay.
It enhances your deep core/abdominal strength. In your abdominal cavity, you can find the transverse abdominal muscles. These muscles function like a corset and are deemed necessary for achieving and maintaining good posture.
Strong abdominal muscles will also easily support your growing baby’s weight. A strong core can also mean reduced back pains and aches.
It helps you maintain your good posture and limits imbalances. Your alignment and posture can get compromised as your baby grows and your body makes room.
Luckily, with Pilates, you are able to strengthen the stabilizing muscles especially those around the hips and the pelvis. This will not only mean less back discomfort but also reduced imbalance problems postpartum.
As if not enough, Pilates can also effectively address other likely pregnancy-related issues like tightening of the chest, neck extensors, hip flexors, and the lower back.
It helps you develop strong pelvic muscles. When you are expecting, the pelvic muscles will need to do more than just keep your organs in place. It will also be tasked to keep your baby in place as well. Strong pelvic muscles are crucial as it will help counter the increasing weight brought about by your pregnancy.
Apart from keeping your organs and baby in place, strong pelvic muscles helps keep incontinence at bay. In addition, it has been proven to help pregnant women get their pre-pregnancy bodies back way faster.
Taking all the benefits Pilates has to offer, it’s not surprising if Pilates and pregnancy will always be deeply interconnected.