Exercise during pregnancy, when doctor approved, can trigger a flow of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin to improve your mood and give you energy. Physical activity during pregnancy can help with issues such as sleep issues or back pain. Pilates is one type of exercise that is suitable at all stages of pregnancy that can help you feel great throughout your pregnancy, push during labor, and bounce back post-baby. Pilates is low impact and helps improve strength, posture, balance, and flexibility. There is a certified Pilates instructor specializing in Pilates during pregnancy who can teach you how to strengthen your entire core, including abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles. Many of these exercises are done on your hands and knees, kneeling or in sitting positions, not lying on your tummy or flat on your back.
During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles get weaker and are stretched to make room for the baby. Pelvic floor muscles help to control your bladder and bowel. After delivery, some women experience incontinence if they have trouble controlling their bladder. When they cough or sneeze, they may find that they leak urine. Believe it or not, Pilates is an exercise you can do during pregnancy to help strengthen your muscles to prevent incontinence.
With any type of exercise during pregnancy, it is important to drink more liquids and consume more calories to balance any loss of energy during exercise. Eating small, healthy snacks before and after can help maintain your energy levels.
You should always check with your doctor before you start any exercise during your pregnancy. Also, listen to you your body if it’s telling you not to go too low or squat or reach. Always take it slowly, drink lots of water and enjoy.