Study shows benefits of exercise while pregnant.
Firstly and foremost, you need to check with your doctor to make sure that the exercise that you choose is safe for you. Once you have the all clear to take Pilates classes, it would be advisable to locate an instructor who has been trained in the postural and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.
There are certain Pilates exercises that you should avoid during your pregnancy. How you are feeling throughout your pregnancy should also be a consideration when your instructor plans your exercises. What might be suitable or comfortable for you one month may change as your pregnancy progresses.
There should be open communications between you and your instructor so that you may get the most out of your training. Discover more helpful tips from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Kegels are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor whether you are pregnant or not. Kegels are also very important after the birth of your baby and you will incorporate them into your Pilates routine.
What is a Kegel?
A Kegel is an exercise designed to strengthen the pubococcygeus muscles. Those of you who have given birth will be very familiar with them. The exercise consists of contracting and relaxing the muscles which form part of the pelvic floor (sometimes called the "Kegel muscles"). I am sure that your OB/GYN has strongly advised that you perform this exercise frequently. These muscles control the flow of urine. However, it is not advised to perform Kegles during the flow of urine as this can lead to a urinary tract infection.
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