Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time in an expectant mother’s life. The care regimen for an expectant mother includes medical and nutritional guidelines but more and more physicians are adding exercise to the self-care regimen for expectant mothers.
While there are a number of safe, effective exercises for expectant mothers to choose from, Pilates is becoming a preferred exercise choice. Benefits of participating in Pilates while pregnant include, strengthening of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles which are essential to help a woman carry her baby, assist with proper posture and balance and ultimately improve labor, delivery and post natal recovery.
If you’re interested in participating in Pilates during your pregnancy the following tips will help you get started:
1.) Safety First- Before participating in Pilates or any exercise program seek out the advice and written approval from your physician.
NOTE: This is especially important if you have never participated in any exercise program prior to becoming pregnant.
2.) Do your research- If you don’t know anything about Pilates, except it is the latest, popular form of exercise, it is time to find out more about Pilates and how it will affect you and your changing body.
3.) Find a studio/instructor that has specialized training/certification in pre and post natal Pilates.
4.) Interview the studio owner/instructor to find out about their techniques, training philosophies, actual training/certifications, how long they’ve been practicing etc... (after all this will not just be affecting you)
While participants want to benefit from well educated, trained pre and post natal Pilates instructors. Instructors want to increase their knowledge base and teaching repertoire to provide full service to clients from all walks of life.
One such organization is The Center for Women’s Fitness who will be hosting a Pre and Post Natal Instructor Training, November 8, 9, 10th at Yin Yang Pilates located at 111 S. Rand Road…Lake Zurich, IL 60047. For more information contact Yin Yang Pilates at (847) 719-1800.