Many women find Pilates to be one of the best workouts to do post pregnancy, as it is a great core-strength builder. In Pilates terminology, the “core” is named the “powerhouse” and it consists of the upper and lower abdominal muscles, the lower back and the buttocks.
These are the same muscles that support good posture and if they are strengthened post delivery, they encourage a strengthened and toned post pregnancy figure.
Pilates workouts require attention and mind focus. They are designed to bring mindfulness while increasing stability throughout the torso area and to strengthen the powerhouse muscles.
This creates flexibility, strength and support for the spine. Learning to identify neutral spine position, understanding and practicing correct breathing and strengthening the pelvic floor are important goals of Pilates.
Balanced strength and the activation of the pelvic floor muscles are considered some of the most important principles of Pilates.
Most Pilates exercises can be modified as your ability improves. You can keep the intent of the exercise while adjusting the technique. So alternative (and easier) exercises can often give a similar outcome with less resistance on the body.
Listen to your body and slow your movements down if you feel it is necessary. Make the movements smaller for less resistance or use the alternative exercises provided. If your core area is still re-building, focus some time on pelvic floor stabilizing.
This is your time for healing and strengthening, so listen to your body and adjust accordingly.
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