Practicing prenatal pilates can help ease and/or reverse some of the bodily changes that are often associated with pregnancy, such as discomfort, immobility, and what is known as pregnancy posture, which can cause back pain.
Pilates has been shown to help expectant mothers with ease of breathing, reduction of swelling in the extremities, constipation relief, ease of mobility and reduction of lower back pain.
Breathing is integral to the practice of pilates, as it helps connect the mind and body. This is also a perfect practice for an expectant mother, as it can help increase lung capacity and prepare her for delivery with proper breathing techniques.
Cone Health Women’s Hospital offers prenatal pilates, as well as postnatal pilates classes. Six weeks after delivery and when cleared by their physician, women can return to or begin exercising.
Postnatal pilates focuses on helping mothers strengthen the core, especially lower abdominal muscles, and pelvic floor muscles. To find out more about the pilates classes and schedules offered through Cone Health Women’s Hospital, visit www.conehealth.com/new-baby-classes or call (336)832-6682.
Jennifer Cochran is a physical therapy assistant at Cone Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at Guilford College and a certified pilates instructor for Women’s Hospital’s Fit for Two pilates classes.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicine from Guilford College in 1997 and received an Associate Degree in the physical therapy assistant program at Guilford Technical Community College.