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Pilates has been one of the best things I’ve done for my health and wellbeing over the past five years.
Especially as a mum – because you need to be strong to grow, birth and take care of a baby!
Not only physically strong – but mentally too.
21 weeks pregnant
So when HBF asked me to give expecting mums an idea of what pregnancy Pilates is all about in the HBF Maternity Report I was only too happy to share.
Pilates is time every week just for me, where for 45 minutes I can get out of my head and into my body.
I never loved exercise until I discovered Pilates – I tried lots of different ways to stay fit, then went along to a Pilates class and had an ‘Ah-ha!’ moment.
I exercise mostly for how it makes me feel.
For managing stress / anxiety. It helps me slow down and focus on one thing.
It re-energises and centres me.
I always walk out of a class feeling ten times better than when I walked in.
A better mum / wife / friend / person.
I head along to two reformer classes a week at Lifestyle Boom in Leederville with a maximum of 12 people.
An instructor takes us through a series of controlled exercises and stretches on a reformer, carefully monitoring everyones technique throughout the 45 min class, all while listening to music.
Classes are always varied – often using equipment like hand weights, a ball, theraband and a box.
Pregnancy classes are recommended if you’ve never done Pilates before, and once you reach your third trimester (27 weeks) you can only attend Pregnancy Pilates classes.
One on one Pilates sessions are also available.
There are even Mum’s and Bubs classes where you can take your little one along up to the age of 14 months!
BENEFITS OF PILATES
- Studies show exercise during pregnancy is important
- Pilates is one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise not only to keep you strong throughout your pregnancy, but to prepare you for post birth.
- The exercises can be modified, are highly targeted and a program can be created for specific one on one needs
- Maintain general fitness + strength
- Helps to prevent stiffness, a sore back/ pelvic pain, mobility and balance
- Improve/ maintain posture which can change a lot throughout pregnancy
- Reduce stress (aware of mind body connection and accept changes in the body)
- Breath can help stress, relax, and prepare for labour
- Upper body training conditions you for when bub is born (feeding preparation and lifting)
- Speed up recovery post pregnancy
I can’t recommend Pilates highly enough to help you feel and look your best before, during and after pregnancy.
For more pregnancy health tips and some helpful, practical information about having a baby in WA, the HBF Maternity Report is worth a read.
Wishing all the beautiful pregnant Mummas lots of love!
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