Pilates is an activity that combines flexibility, strength, relaxation and breathing. The exercises combine breathing with abdominal contraction due to the benefits to the physical and mental well being are more and more people who do not dispense with the practice of pilates.
During pregnancy the abdominal muscles distend and may become weakened, as pilates work these muscles this type of exercises can and should be practiced during pregnancy as long as you have the consent of your attending physician. In addition to helping to strengthen the abdominal muscles, pilates help relieve pressure on the back and basin, relieving spinal pain that bothers many pregnant women because of the sudden increase in weight.
If you are pregnant and have never practiced pilates, it is not the best time to start, but if you were practicing before you became pregnant and the doctor sees no problem in continuing to practice, then continue, but do not forget to tell your instructor that you are pregnant , because some positions, such as those on the stomach or lying flat with the belly up, are not recommended from the middle of gestation., whenever you do not feel well with a certain position should stop.
You should stop if you experience any of these symptoms
- Vaginal bleeding
- Feeling of fainting
- Shortness of breath
- Abnormal discharge
- Blurred view
Another great advantage of this practice for women is to help the pregnant woman in the postpartum period, since it facilitates the return to good form and decreases sagging.
Benefits of Pilates in Pregnancy
Helps in bad alignment of the pelvis
Strengthens the abdomen and buttocks
Relieves abdominal pains
Helps relieve swelling and varicose veins in the legs
Oxygenate the musculature
Improves flexibility, firmness and muscle design.