Being pregnant is one of the most exciting times in any women’s life and of course your first instinct is to be as healthy as possible during your pregnancy- not only for yourself but for your growing baby too. But as exciting and happy as this period can be it is also one the biggest life altering experiences as your body slowly changes to accommodate your growing baby.
Each phase or trimester of your pregnancy comes with its own beautiful milestones as your baby develops but also poses new challenges for your body and your health, and staying fit and healthy might be a lot more challenging as your enter each of these phases.
So what can you do stay healthy apart from following a balanced diet? The big question most pregnant women probably have is – is it safe to exercise while I’m pregnant and which exercises should I do to stay strong and help me prepare for the birth of my baby? Can regular exercise contribute to a shorter less painful birth?
The answer is without a doubt Pilates and Yoga, and yes- research has shown that women who followed a regular exercise regime during pregnancy were more likely to have a shorter labor and could manage pain better.
These prenatal classes are a combinantion of Pilates and Yoga, this is a combination of safe exercises specially designed and adjusted to your changing body trough out all three trimesters. Work outs focus on gently building pelvic floor and core strength specifically tailored to the postural and muscular changes during each trimester. Relaxation and tension relieve through breathing patterns are also practiced followed by various gentle stretches to improve circulation and maintain flexibility and balance.
You will be guided through a workout specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy, interweaving childbirth education as well as addressing therapeutic applications – common aches and pains. Linking yoga postures with the breath will lead you to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and also the spirit of your baby.
Although exercising during your pregnancy is safe – it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before you undertake any exercise regime.
Below are just a few benefits of a Prenatal Classes:
1. Build pelvic floor and core strength:
Pelvic floor and core muscle strength becomes even more important than it already is, during your pregnancy. Together these muscles act like an inner brace to support your back and growing tummy as your body and even your center of gravity changes. While your body prepares for birth, hormonal changes causes your ligaments and connective tissues to soften and could make you more prone to injury and various aches and pains, thus maintaining and building strength through out these areas are crucial for a more comfortable pregnancy, labor and a quicker recovery after birth.
2. Relaxation and Tension relieve through breathing patterns:
As your baby grows your organs start to move a little to make space for all the new changes and unfortunately one of the main effects or symptoms you might experience is shortness of breath or even some hyperventilation, both of which leads to mom and baby receiving less oxygen which could affect or alter PH levels in your blood. Together with this the strain on your upper back, neck and even your joints could increase. By teaching and guiding you through various breathing exercise the increase in oxygen will help you feel more relaxed, help improve your quality of sleep and your general sense of wellbeing.
3. Improve circulation and maintain flexibility and balance:
As your belly grows and becomes heavier your center of gravity changes which in turns affects your balance and could lead to maybe a sense of being clumsy. Prenatal Pilates focuses directly on strengthening the Core and supporting muscles to help maintain optimal posture and help you be a bit more centered, balance but also aids in maintaining as much mobility throughout your body. Other main symptoms like swollen ankles, feet etc. are common during pregnancy but keeping a healthy and active exercise routine for as long as possible helps to improve overall blood and oxygen circulation which lessen and help to manage these symptoms in a healthy pregnancy.
4. Strengthening muscles of the uterus:
Prenatal Yoga helps to strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort. Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, constipation, varicose veins, swelling, back pain and sciatica.
At THE ROOM you can workout in a safe, open community that allows you to freely discuss any issues, from discomforts and concerns, to the wonderful new changes your body and baby are experiencing.
In conclusion, a combinantion of Prenatal Pilates and Yoga is definitely one of the most effective and safest exercise programs to keep both mom and baby healthy and comfortable during this miraculous journey.
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