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As many of you may know, Pilates is a huge part of my life. I love teaching, taking, and learning about Pilates each and every day. It brings me great joy to help my students enjoy the benefits of Pilates and see the changes it can make in their lives.
Many women believe that they have to cease doing any type of Pilates as soon as they get pregnant. This is simply not the case. Sure, we definitely need to modify a few things, but the low impact, core centered nature of Pilates makes it a wonderful workout to do while pregnant.
I have taught 2-3 Pilates and/or Barre classes almost every day throughout my entire pregnancy and definitely think it has helped keep my core strong and assisted in maintaining a healthy weight. I am definitely having to modify most of the exercises at this point, but I plan to keep up with my Pilates workouts until I deliver sweet Annabelle. With that being said, Barre classes are a great way to enjoy the core strengthening benefits of Pilates without having to do a lot of work lying on your back. Since entering my third trimester, I am teaching more and more barre classes. I can do almost and entire barre class without any discomfort so that is fabulous!
Today, I want to talk about the benefits of Pilates and Barre during pregnancy and some precautions to think about during each trimester.
|This is an example of a wedge used to elevate the heart above the hips. |
You can also use pillows or yoga blankets if you don't have a wedge (source).
|Core work with the Pilates ball is a wonderful way to engage your |
abdominals without having to lie on your back (picture source).
Stay tuned for another post with prenatal modifications for common Pilates exercises! I hope you all have a wonderful day.
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