Women make a lot of lifestyle changes while pregnant. Doing what’s best for Baby’s growth and development becomes a primary focus, but too often that focus is on the pleasures expecting mothers give up: sushi, soft cheeses, alcohol, and caffeine–just to name a few.
Change doesn’t have to be about deprivation. Why not embrace a lifestyle change which not only benefits Baby, but also Mom? Practicing prenatal pilates can keep your body strong and flexible for a healthy delivery and recovery.
A recent article in the Minnetonka Patch quotes pilates instructor Lesley Koehnan:
“Prenatal Pilates teaches pregnant women body awareness for labor and delivery,” said Koehnan.
Koenan goes on to say that pilates can “strengthen the muscles of the legs, pelvis, arms, shoulders– and of course the core muscles, which are the muscles that hug our baby.”
In addition to the increased physical stamina and flexibility, pilates also conditions the mind through intense concentration, attention to breathing and muscular control. Breathing and mind-body connection play a large role in a healthy labor and delivery.
Can the same be said about coffee, rare tuna, or Brie?
If you’re interested in a pregancy lifestyle change with benefits for you and your baby, contact us for more information about our pilates class schedule.