Because it is a safe and low impact physical activity, Pilates is indicated for pregnant women in any gestational period, in the postpartum period and even for those who still intend to become pregnant.
Research shows that exercise can prevent gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, urinary incontinence, lower cholesterol, prevent swelling, help with labor and recovery time and helps maintain weight and prevent melancholy and depression postpartum.
Used in a controlled way and combined with posture, breathing and rhythm, Pilates can bring numerous physical benefits such as strengthening and controlling the pelvic floor muscles, toning the muscles of the whole body, improving balance and motor coordination. This method also assists our psychological condition, reducing stress that is often caused by hormonal and physical changes during this period.
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This method is indicated for all stages of pregnancy, where the objective will be focusing on respecting the physiology of the pregnancy and the individuality of the future mother throughout the entire gestation.
For all those reasons and other benefits, Pilates is one of the most popular activity among pregnant women, who increasingly become aware of the importance of performing safe and supervised physical activity, so that the gestation period can be a pleasant and conscious preparation stage. Hence, childbirth and postpartum period could be very successful.
By Paula Marques, Physiotherapist at Bodylab Academy
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