Apr 7th, 2014
I am a new mother of a 1 month old girl, a physical therapist and Pilates instructor. I know firsthand, the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle especially during pregnancy. During the 9 months, I felt as if my body transformed on almost a daily basis. It was amazing that all of these changes happened naturally in preparation for the baby. Yet, some of these changes created a new type stress and strain on my body.
Therefore, I was fortunate to continue with Pilates training during the length of the pregnancy. It allowed me to maintain a basic level of core strength and flexibility. The modified exercises were also geared towards helping engage & strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. This was especially important considering, my abdominals became stretched and other muscles either became tightened or weaker. Pilates was the key to helping me stay as healthy as possible and minimize my aches and pains. I have always been a strong advocate of Pilates but even more so following the birth of my daughter. I was literally able to push my daughter out naturally with only four tries. Even my MD asked what I did during pregnancy to stay strong and have such a smooth birth. I credit the strength I maintained and the ability to engage my core, with the ease of childbirth.
I highly encourage other pregnant women to add Pilates to their prenatal routine & personally experience the benefits.
Beth Simoes M.P.T., C.P.I.