With only 12 days to go till my bubba girl is due, I thought I’d post some pics of my Pilates session yesterday. Through my pregnancy I’ve done studio Pilates sessions 1-2 times per week combined with swimming a few kilometers. Pilates has always been something I’ve done for overall conditioning, well-being and ironing out all the “niggles” you get from life/work. It’s always worked for me. During pregnancy has been no different. It has helped with:
- Maintaining strength: by using the machines you can continue resistance training in a very safe environment for your body.
- Maintaining flexibility: again in a safe environment, with assistance from the machines you can protect your ranges of motion with stretching to avoid over-stretching. This is common in pregnancy as there is that lovely hormone ‘relaxin’ that makes a pregnant womans ligaments lax.
- Maintain a sense of wellbeing: it’s so easy (and I know this from first hand experience!) to give into the tiredness and over-eating and feel very guity about it. Yes you do need to listen to your body and rest more and you do need to eat a well balanced diet with the right intake. However, you will feel so much better when you maintain the right type of exercise.