No two women's body are the same, and this is specially true during pregnancy. There are workouts that are quite appropriate for some people during pregnancy and not for others. During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. Exercise is also said to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low back pain and helps to boost self esteem maintain fitness levels and prepare the body for the physical demands of motherhood.
A woman's body goes through many changes during pregnancy and exercise must be adapted and modified as the pregnancy progresses. The beauty of Pilates is that it can de individualized for anyone`s ability. Workouts and schedules during the first trimester may have to be adjusted around fatigue levels.
Over the course of pregnancy the demand on the abdominal muscles should be decreased. With reduced abdominal support there is a greater risk of injuring the lower back. Further, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the ligaments surrounding the joints become lax, leaving them vulnerable. For this reason, you should be careful not to over stretch. It is important to continue strengthening and rebalancing the muscles around the joints - supporting the body it goes trough postural changes related to pregnancy.
Always consult your doctor before attempting any exercise regimen while pregnant.
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