Pregnancy Resources for Pilates Instructors

Pregnancy Resources for Pilates Instructors

I found out I was pregnant with my first child one week before I began my Pilates Teacher Training Program. After consulting with my doctor and instructor, I decided that I would continue with the program while at the same time researching the effects of Pilates during pregnancy. I learned all about diastasis recti (it can’t be prevented, but it can be minimized), kegals and splinting. Some Pilates Instructors treated me like a porcelain doll, too fragile to be moved, and others adjusted my lessons so that we did every possible variety of arm and leg exercises possible without abdominal engagement. Three and a half years later, there are many more resources available for both instructors and pregnant woman. Jennifer Gianni,... Continue ...

Posted on December 30, 2010 By

Pilates during Pregnancy

Pilates during Pregnancy

One question I get asked all the time by women who are pregnant is: “Is Pilates safe to do?” And my response is: “If you’re doing it correctly and there’s no medical reason why you shouldn’t be exercising, then Pilates is probably one of the safest and most effective forms of exercise you could possibly do while you’re pregnant.” Here are just a few of the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy. Pilates exercises are purposefully designed, to: re-align your posture tighten your tummy muscles strengthen your pelvic floor diminish back ache challenge your balance tone your arms, legs and bum keep your cortisol (stress hormones) levels in check eliminate sciatica help reduce water retention produce results ease... Continue ...

Posted on January 27, 2009 By

Pilates and Pregnancy in the News

Pilates and Pregnancy in the News

We have had several clients become pregnant recently and want to continue their Pilates program throughout their pregnancy… of course! I have worked with many prenatal clients and I still research and refresh my memory for Pilates and pregnancy. It is such a special time and there are many factors that are extremely important when exercising. There is a great article in the October 2008 issue of Pilates Style magazine, by their Senior Editor Deirdre Shevlin Bell who delivered a baby girl in June. It is very thorough article with great information, so be sure to check it out. On the flip side, I have been surrounded by many postnatal clients and friends as well this year, which prompted me to write Postnatal Pilates... Continue ...

Posted on September 5, 2008 By