Thursday, August 10, 2006

Pilates

Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen your body and relax your mind. And, it is perfect for pregnant women. The gentle exercise program helps to prepare your body for childbirth by strengthening the pelvic floor muscles and core abdominal muscles, which support the uterus and baby. Pilates also improves posture and tones muscles, helping you build a strong body that can recover its shape and tone faster after pregnancy. When practicing Pilates, you should:
  • Breathe naturally. Be sure not to hold your breathe as you and your baby both need oxygen.
  • Focus on the body's core muscles- the rib cage, spine and plevis.
  • Avoid quick, sudden movements that can increase your risk of injury.
  • Concentrate on slow, controlled movements.
  • Check with your healthcare provider and get his or her approval before beginning any new exercise program while you're pregnant.
Check PregnancyWeekly for more information on regular exercises during pregnancy!