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Prepare to give birth with Pilates

Prepare to give birth with Pilates


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Birth symbolizes the outcome of pregnancy and the long-awaited meeting with baby. Moment unique and rich in emotions, childbirth requires preparation. Prenatal Pilates classes can be a great physical and moral support for D-Day.

The undeniable benefits of Pilates

  • Prenatal Pilates is specially designed for pregnant women: it is a variation of the Pilates method, invented in the United States in the 1920s.
  • The Pilates Method is a gentle gym that allows you to both relax and firm up your body. Perfectly suited to future mothers, prenatal Pilates refers to a set of exercises to be performed with the help of a teacher. Indeed, a pregnant woman sees her body change over the months. Located under the lower abdomen, the perineum can be weakened especially because of the weight of the baby. The role of Pilates is to strengthen your muscles and reduce back and pelvic pain. You can re-tame your body and live your pregnancy as calmly as possible.
  • In addition to adopting a better posture and regaining your tone, you help baby to position correctly for the day of delivery. This will facilitate the dilation of the cervix.
  • The Pilates method is also emotionally beneficial: it reduces stress and helps you to acquire breathing techniques for D-Day. The quality of sleep is therefore better!

The Pilates method: exercises adapted to future mothers

  • A prenatal Pilates session is conducted by a professional and takes about an hour. The exercises meet your needs and take into account your physical condition. They take place safely and allow you to work on your posture and your deep muscles.
  • Some movements are performed on the ground, on a rubber mat. The teacher then offers you to use different accessories. Among them, the pregnancy balloon is a must : it helps relieve your back, improve your blood circulation and work your flexibility and balance. Other accessories provide a real well-being: the circle is useful for strengthening muscles and elastic bands are essential for stretching. As for small balls, they help to execute the movements well.

Pilates: some tips before you start

  • You do not need to be experienced in Pilates to perform the different exercises. This method is suitable for all women, and this from their first month of pregnancy.
  • However, some precautions must be taken before going to your first class. It is essential to talk to your obstetrician before starting any physical activity.
  • The Pilates method helps with preparation for childbirth and aims to relax you. The sessions are therefore no substitute for regular medical monitoring. You can continue Pilates until the end of your pregnancy (the different exercises will be adapted), all in a friendly atmosphere. Remember to take breaks and hydrate yourself regularly during the session.
  • Where do you go? On the site of the Professional Federation of the Pilates Method (FPMP), you will find practitioners near you: www.fpmp.fr

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