It can be quite difficult for women in Gauteng to find an adequate exercise regime when they are pregnant. Not all exercise routines are safe during pregnancy, and for the women who take pride in exercising regularly, this can be a challenge. The solution is to find an exercise regime in the area that will not only be harmless to the pregnancy, but also benefit the pregnant woman and the baby she is carrying.
One of the best exercise disciplines during pregnancy is Pilates. Not only does this form of exercise have huge advantages for the mother, but it also benefits the unborn baby. Here are some of the advantages you can expect when you attend Pilates classes for pregnant women in Johannesburg:
1. Easier to get back in shape after birth: Because the focus of Pilates is placed on the core muscles and the pelvic floor that support the weight of the growing baby during pregnancy, these muscles are strengthened by regularly attending Pilates classes. This means that the muscles become resilient and elastic, allowing them to contract and expand as needed during birth, and then contract and function well afterwards. Having an exercise regime during pregnancy that increases or maintains muscle density during and after pregnancy also helps to shed those extra kilos. The more muscle tissue you have, the more energy you burn, so it is easier to lose the baby weight if your muscle density is kept high during pregnancy.
2. Increased flexibility: Pregnancy can severely restrict movement and increase stiffness in joints due to the added pressure of the carried weight. If you attend regular Pilates classes in Johannesburg, you will find that this exercise routine will extend your range of movement. It also means that your muscles and joints become more supple and that the chances of injuries while picking up and carrying around your baby after birth is minimised.
3. Better blood flow: Our internal organs and skin need a healthy flow of oxygen-rich blood to sustain them and to keep everything functioning as it should. Regular Pilates exercises have some real aerobic qualities that make the heart beat harder and faster, and as a result, you will breathe in more oxygen. When you are fit, your heart pumps better and your blood contains more oxygen, which helps to feed not only the vital organs of the expecting mother, but also those of the baby.
4. Easier birth: Because Pilates classes in Johannesburg place huge focus on the pelvic floor muscles and the abdominal muscles that support the skeletal structure, they build a significant improvement in muscle strength in the abdominal and pelvic cavities. When these muscles are stronger, they allow the mother to give birth more easily, because the muscles are powerful enough to push the baby through the pelvic cavity. Toned muscles also contract easier, which means that getting back to their original shape will be easier if you do Pilates regularly.
If you are keen to know more about how Pilates classes in Johannesburg can improve the experience of pregnancy and birth, give our team at BASI Pilates a call. Our highly trained consultants will be able to provide you with all the information you need.