Prenatal Pilates: The Ideal Exercise for Pregnant Women

Exercising during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial both physically and mentally. Regular exercise can keep you and your baby healthy, while helping to prevent the discomforts brought on by poor posture and fatigue.

Pilates is a great exercise for pregnant women as it is low impact, and doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your joints.  At Zero Gravity Fitness, we offer Prenatal Pilates classes that are designed to accommodate pregnant women. Pilates is easily adapted throughout the stages of your pregnancy. We can adjust the program to you, so you always feel the benefits of the movements – even with your changing body.

Prenatal Pilates is a safe form of exercise that many pregnant women are already taking advantage of during, and even after pregnancy. Pilates offers pregnant women with a unique set of tools that helps them adjust to the emotional and physical changes that are involved during pregnancy, which is what makes it the ideal exercise for pregnant women.

One of the main keys of prenatal Pilates is to strengthen rather than to stretch, as joints are very prone to instability. When you are pregnant, the lower back and hips begin to compress and tighten, a lot of weight gain begins to be apparent, and the body’s blood supply increases. These issues can all be addressed with the help of Pilates, which is designed to reap many physical benefits – opens the hips, decompresses the low back, lifts the shoulder girdle up off the ribs, promotes better circulation and breath, allows less strain on the neck and back and allows more space for the organs.

As you can tell, prenatal Pilates is the route to take if you are pregnant, as this exercise is designed specifically for the changing body of a pregnant woman. It even helps women recover their bodies after giving birth. This exercise targets key muscles and strengthen the muscles that will help during labor, delivery and recovery. It is truly a one-of-a-kind exercise program that every pregnant woman should try.

Women who exercise regularly prior to becoming pregnant are encouraged to maintain their level of exercise throughout their pregnancy. Women who are new to exercise should consult with a physician before starting a new exercise regimen.

Zero Gravity Fitness in Ocoee, Fla., offers 30 minutes Prenatal Pilates classes, but written consent from your OB-GYN is required before you can participate.  Contact Zero Gravity Fitness today to learn more about our Prenatal Pilates classes, and to find out if Prenatal Pilates is right for you.