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Can I do Pilates if I'm pregnant?

🙅‍♀️ With the right teacher, you can safely continue your Pilates journey while growing that adorable baby bump! 🤰💕 Here's how:

1️⃣ Find a certified prenatal Pilates instructor: It's crucial to work with someone who understands the unique needs of expectant moms. Look for a teacher with experience in prenatal Pilates to ensure a safe and effective workout. Although I am certified as a prenatal instructor I don't currently offer this service however, I do know some local instructors who would be happy to help you continue with Pilates during your pregnancy.

2️⃣ Modify your routine: As your body changes, some exercises may become uncomfortable or inappropriate. A skilled instructor will tailor your Pilates routine to accommodate your changing body and address any pregnancy-related issues.

3️⃣ Focus on pelvic floor and core strength: Pilates is fantastic for strengthening your pelvic floor and core muscles, which can help support you during pregnancy and prepare you for childbirth.

4️⃣ Avoid lying flat on your back: After the first trimester, lying flat on your back may compress the vena cava, affecting blood flow to the baby. Your instructor will guide you through suitable alternatives.

5️⃣ Incorporate breathing exercises: Pilates emphasizes mindful breathing, which can be incredibly helpful during pregnancy and labour. Practicing breathing techniques can aid in relaxation and reduce stress.

6️⃣ Stay hydrated and take breaks: Don't forget to keep water nearby and take regular breaks during your session. Pregnancy can be demanding, so it's essential to listen to your body's needs.

Remember, always consult your GP/midwife before starting or continuing any exercise routine during pregnancy.

A qualified prenatal Pilates instructor can be a game-changer, ensuring you stay strong, flexible, and balanced throughout this incredible journey. 🤰🧘‍♀️

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