Physiotherapy Women's Health
Pregnancy Pilates includes low-impact exercises routine that can enhance your strength, flexibility, and muscle tone during and after pregnancy. It helps to improve your breathing, strengthen your deepest core muscle (transverse abdominis), glutes and your pelvic floor.
Pilates can be a beneficial form of exercise during pregnancy
During pregnancy, the body releases hormones (progesterone and relaxin) which can cause loose joints (ankle, pelvis, wrist, sacroiliac joints)
This can lead to joint pain and instability.
To avoid overstretching, it’s recommended to strengthen with Pilates exercises.
Additionally, as the abdomen expands during pregnancy, it can cause Diastasis Recti, a separation of the abdominal muscles, which can result in back pain, sacroiliac pain, and incontinence.
How Pilates can help during Pregnancy
Improves core strength (transverse abdominis and multifidus muscle)
Strengthen and stabilise all joints (e.g. spine, wrist, ankle, sacroiliac, back)
Release pubis symphysis and sacroiliac pain
Enhances balance and coordination
Reduce pregnancy incontinence
Promotes a healthy body relaxation, prepares for labour and delivery
Allows an better postnatal recovery
Pregnancy Related Assessments
Assessment of :
The Muscles imbalance (weak and overactive muscles)
The Spine curve
The Pelvis alignment
The Severity of abdominal separation
Core activation and strengthening (transverse abdominis)
Progression of core strengthening exercises
Low pressure and impacts exercices (for the pelvic floor)
Target weak muscles groups
Stretch the overactive muscles
Exercises to improve balance and coordination
Specific stretches to align the pelvis