Quarantine + “Free Time” = New Babies On The Way!
I am so excited about the amazing women in my life who are on their journey to mama-hood. For some, this is their first time. For others, they are well-seasoned and ready to expand their clan. One thing remains the same for both cases; Pilates during your pregnancy is not only important; I believe it is essential.
I have had the pleasure of working with numerous pre/postnatal clients that swear by Pilates. Not only did movement help them feel better during their pregnancy, but they have also shared that their birth was significantly better because their pelvic floor was so strong!
This was my 3rd pregnancy and my body recovered the quickest this time.
I swear it was because of Pilates.
Happy mama of 3 & Pilates believer
Postpartum is the actual test, though. Pilates truly ties your body back together through gentle, low impact movement. As your body goes through all the changes, it is essential to tune in and listen to its needs.
Here are 5 do’s and don’ts for Prenatal work:
- DO practice your side bends. These will be your new best friend. They open those intercostals, so your belly + baby has some room to breathe!
- DON’T twist. Avoid twisting, over curling, and lying on the belly, especially during your third trimester. Closed twists can potentially strain the abdominal muscles, which are already compromised with the belly stretching.
- DO practice lunges and squats. Hip opening and pelvic floor strengthening are keys to helping you oxygenated the blood and flush out lactic acid.
- DO practice heart-openers. Opening your chest is fantastic before giving birth and especially while breastfeeding. As your pecs tighten from the milk supply, you want to allow as much stretch and release as possible through your chest cavity.
- DON’T force anything. Listen to your body. Every day is different. It’s not about comparing what you did yesterday to today. Do what feels right and stop when something does not.
As your body changes through pre + postnatal work, movement is here to help you feel connected to your body and your baby. Listen to what you both need and follow your motherly intuition!