Pilates has really taken off in recent years with much of its success deriving from the fact that you don’t have to be of a certain fitness level to participate in a Pilate’s class. On the contrary anyone can reap the unique benefits Pilates will have on, not only your shape but also your wellbeing.
Given that Pilates is a ‘gentler’ form of exercise that does not require you to have the stamina of an Olympic athlete, this form of exercise is becoming increasingly popular with postnatal women.
If you are keen to adopt a postnatal Pilate’s programme, you may want to bare the following postnatal Pilates tips in mind.
Always ensure that you leave enough ‘healing time’ after having a baby before you begin Pilates. Whilst all prenatal mums ‘heal’ at different times, a general rule of thumb is to leave approximately 3 – 6 weeks before beginning postnatal Pilates.
It is also recommended that you start your Pilates workout slowly and gradually make it more intense and vigorous.
The basic principles of Pilates are breathing, control, precision, movement, stability, motion, centering and opposition. These eight fundamental Pilates principles apply to both ‘conventional’ Pilates and postnatal Pilates. However with postnatal Pilates it is advisable to begin with stabilising abdominal exercises instead of more ‘aggressive’ exercises such as sit-ups. This is because after a pregnancy and birth it can take up to a full 24 months for women’s abdominal muscles to regain their former strength.
Carrying out stabilising abdominal exercises such as taking a deep breath in whilst keeping your torso stable, will help to strengthen your abdominal muscles gradually and leave you in better stead to perform more strenuous exercises such as sit-ups.