Pilates is Great for Pregnant Women
One of the most joyful times of life for a woman is her pregnancy. Discovering that one is going to be nurturing a new life is exhilarating, thrilling, and special. But pregnancy also comes with significant physical changes to the body. Preparing for these changes is important, and Pilates can help a pregnant woman become prepared physically for a successful birth and recovery. Because this is a form of exercise that strengthens the body through power and good form, individual muscle groups are toned, giving the pregnant body more endurance.
How Pilates Fortifies the Pregnant Body
Our training regiment strives to help the body become stronger, flexible and more balanced. These movements are designed to increase strength in all muscle groups, particularly the core muscles, through controlled power movements and deep breathing. This type of exercise benefits the pregnant woman by focusing on the pelvic floor, the abdomen, and the back muscles, giving pregnant women needed strength, balance, and improved coordination while not putting added stress on the body or joints.
Regular Instruction during Pregnancy will:
- Reduce back pain by strengthening the back muscles used in pregnancy
- Increase pelvic floor strength, improving bladder control
- Increase abdominal strength to support the pregnancy
- Improve balance and reduce fall risk
- Teach relaxation and controlled breathing, important for labor and delivery
Finding an Instructor
When looking for a Pilates instructor for pregnancy, be sure that the instructor not only has formal certification but is also certified in Pilates Pregnancy instruction. Whether you prefer a class or private instruction, your certified pregnancy instructor will make sure that you enjoy and benefit from these exercises during your pregnancy. Don’t worry if you have never tried Pilates before—a good instructor will accommodate your needs. Be sure to make your instructor aware of any special needs or concerns you may have.
Sheppard Method Pilates, founded in 1975 by Risa Sheppard, combines a classical method with individual training and TLC, resulting in a comfortable, peaceful relationship with one’s body. The Sheppard Method Pilates studio, conveniently located in Westwood on Westwood Blvd. is here to help you reach your body and movement goals in a fluid, powerful and relaxed manner. Visit our website at www.sheppardmethodpilates.com or call our studio at (310) 470-2828 today to schedule a class or personal visit. Our goal is to help you enjoy your life to its fullest with Sheppard Method Pilates training!