Pilates during pregnancy could be very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and help in preparing for labour and help reduce the negative side effects of pregnancy. However, Pilates should not end there. Post-natal Pilates, in other words, postnatal physiotherapy should benefit and help you in your journey as a mother. Pilates offers several benefits and enables the mothers to ease their way into exercise. Performing Pilates post-delivery would help in strengthening the weakened abdominal muscles and mobilise the spine to help you with posture.
Exercise post-birth could be one of the least concerns, especially if the delivery was tough. However, when the mothers are ready to get back to normal life, they could begin with Post-natal Pilates classes more safely. However, find out how beneficial the post-natal Pilates could be and how it could re-introduce exercise into your lifestyle post-delivery.
Helps Strengthen Pelvic Floor Muscles: The pelvic floor is a collection of muscles that supports the pelvis, womb, bladder and bowel. The muscles loosen during birth and pregnancy due to hormonal changes that affect the body. It could also happen due to the increased pressure of a growing baby on the pelvic floor. As there is a weakened pelvic floor, women experience urine leaking when they laugh, cough, sneeze or even exercise. Postnatal Pilates helps in making the pelvic floor muscles strong. It helps in improving the core strength and stability. Clinical instructors and physiotherapists would assess before you begin with the postnatal Pilates programme to make sure that the exercises suit your needs and goals. One of the major things to remember is that the pelvic floor is a muscle just like the biceps. You should be able to fully contract and lift it but also fully release it.
Improves Posture: Posture changes during pregnancy. However, the changes might remain for some time after pregnancy due to breastfeeding and lifting the baby. Post-natal Pilates would benefit your posture by mobilising the spine that would help improve the posture over some time. It would also strengthen your muscles. It also teaches to use deep core muscles like the back, pelvic floor and abdominals that support the posture by allowing the shoulders to relax the neck and head to move freely.
Reduces Tenderness and Back pain: Many women face back pain during or after pregnancy which is a result of greater strain on the joints of the pelvis and lower back. Postnatal Pilates can drastically reduce back pain related to pregnancy. However, if you have back pain caused by some other factors, consult your healthcare professional before opting for Pilates. Pilates exercises help improve mobility in the spine. It also makes sure that the movements of the hips and pelvis are accurate so that you do not overload the back when you walk, lift, stand or sit.
Helps Strengthen Core Muscles: Post-natal Pilates benefits the core muscles. The muscles get weakened and stretched. Pilates helps in building deeper core muscles and the muscles through the side, back, top and bottom. This would make sure that you have complete stability and strength. Strengthening your core helps improve posture, increase control over the body, improve technique and exercise form and increase stability. Post-natal Pilates also helps in stress management.