Is exercise safe during pregnancy?
No two women’s bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy. There are workouts that are quite appropriate for some expectant mums, but not for others. At this time, the careful, expert supervision of our team at Physiotherapy Works is more important than ever.
During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the foetus. Exercise may also help to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low back pain. Exercise helps to boost self-esteem, maintain fitness levels and prepare the body for the physical demands of childbirth and motherhood.
Can’t I just keep doing what I always did?
A woman’s body goes through many changes during pregnancy and exercise must be adapted and modified as the pregnancy progresses. Our expert Pilates instructors tailor-make routines for each woman, gradually decreasing the demand on the abdominal muscles.
During the second trimester, the muscles become stretched out, and some women experience diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). Our highly qualified physiotherapists are on hand to provide advice.
Due to the normal hormonal changes during pregnancy, the ligaments surrounding the joints become lax, leaving them loose and vulnerable. For this reason, exercise should be supervised by an expert. It is important to continue strengthening and rebalancing the muscles around the joints – supporting the body as it goes through postural changes related to pregnancy, and helping reduce risk of back-pain or injury.
What changes do I need to make?
In the second trimester, our instructors will help you avoid the supine (lying flat) postures, which may compromise blood flow to the developing foetus. We’ll adjust your positioning, and introduce light equipment (particularly the Spine Supporter) which, combined with appropriate mat exercises, becomes very useful.
Will I feel able for Pilates while pregnant and after delivery?
We recommend that you do not perform Pilates during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Pilates can usually be safely resumed six weeks post-partum or 12 weeks after a Caesarian section. Contact us for advice if you feel unsure
Our pre-natal classes are 45 minutes in duration each Tuesday at 6.00pm
We know that pregnancy can be busy, and plans can change at the last minute, therefore prepayment is not required for pre-natal Pilates classes – payment is per class @€20.00
I’m still not sure…
Give us a ring. We’ll talk you through the decision-making process. If it feels right for you, you’ll join the hundreds of women who have safely and carefully exercised throughout their pregnancy at Physiotherapy Works.
Call us today on 045 853726 to speak to an experienced tutor.
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