Pilates and Pregnancy

How can Pilates help?

During pregnancy, your tummy and pelvic floor muscles are undergoing increasing strain as your baby grows bigger. At the same time, the hormone relaxin is making the tough tissues that connect your bones (ligaments) more pliable. Your ligaments are likely to stretch more than usual and are susceptible to injury if overloaded.

Stretched, weakened tummy muscles may have a knock-on effect on your back or pelvis, making them sore. Weakened pelvic floor muscles may become loose and move lower down into your pelvis under the weight of your baby. As a result, you may find it harder to squeeze and hold these muscles. This can cause the release of small amounts of urine when you cough or sneeze. Because Pilates targets the tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, the exercises can work well during your pregnancy.

Pilates exercises activate the deepest layer of tummy muscles necessary for stabilizing the back and pelvis. Additionally, many Pilates exercises are performed on hands and knees, which is an ideal position for pregnancy. Adopting this position can take some of the strain off your back and pelvis and, towards the end of your pregnancy, may help to get your baby into the right position for birth.

What do we advise?

If you are pregnant and already attend Collective Classes, we welcome you to continue but require that you take a minimum of one Private Class to learn the modifications and building blocks specific to pregnancy. Our teachers fully understand this physical condition and will help you to participate in Collective Classes in a manner that is good for you and your baby's health and well-being.

We do not accept newcomers to Pilates Collective Classes who are over 4 months pregnant. Why? Because your body is going through so many changes already, it is not advised to enter a Collective Class. However, if you would like to join a Private Class then we will gladly accept you.

Please contact our reception desk at +32 (0)2 513 07 66 before making an appointment.

After pregnancy?

Post-pregnancy is a great time to pick up your Pilates classes again to strengthen your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. If you have had a natural birth you can start after 8 weeks. If you have had a cesarean section, we advise you to wait 2-3 months or until your doctor has approved you for exercise.


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