Healthy expectant new mothers can do pregnancy pilates to boost self-esteem, prevent varicose veins, and hemorrhoids, and ease lower back pain. A way to relax all those muscles to help your inner self.
Pregnancy pilates also targets the tummy and pelvic floor muscles that weaken in expectant mothers. Strengthening postural muscles will make it easier to carry your baby, help in delivery, and aid in getting you back into shape after birth. When specific exercises are practiced during the final trimester, it is even possible to position the baby for delivery.
Moderate exercise can be safe for a healthy fetus however, because no two women's bodies are the same, pregnancy pilates should only be practiced after seeking the advice of a physician.
Research suggests that new exercise regimens should not be introduced until after the first trimester, and that expectant mothers should be careful not to over-exert abdominal muscles. It is important to ensure that you have a strong and stable core prior to commencing practice.
To ensure a stable core tighten the pelvic floor muscles and hold for ten seconds. If you are not able to perform this simple exercise, than you are at risk of overstressing your joints and ligaments.
Another simple test for determining your core stability is to get down on your hands and knees and level your back. Breathe in and breathe out. As you breathe out, pull your belly button in and up while performing the pelvic floor contraction mentioned above.
Attempt to hold your tummy and the contraction for ten seconds. Your lower abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are working well if you are able to perform this exercise easily. If you can easily perform these exercises you may feel safe in beginning your new fitness regime.