While many people fear that exercising while pregnant is bad for them, it turns out that doing the right exercises when pregnant will actually help you sleep better and alleviate pains that you may be having.
However, you have to be very careful about what workouts you choose to participate in while you’re pregnant, because the wrong ones could end up doing more damage than good.
Pilates is one of the safest exercises you can participate in that will help your body not only stay in shape, but help alleviate pain. It is also said to be able to help you during labor, and helps keep your mood elevated during a time when your hormones are running wild.
Here are the best Pilates exercises to do while you are pregnant.
This exercise is a safe and effective way to strengthen your obliques, which will come in handy when you are growing in your pregnancy, as well as when the time comes to have your baby.
Here is how you do it:
- Lay on one side with your legs out long
- Stack your top foot on top, or in front of your bottom foot
- Place your hand onto the mat
- Lift your hips up to the ceiling
- Reach your opposite hand towards the ceiling
- Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute
- Switch sides and repeat
This exercise is great for stretching your abs and your lower backs — areas that have a lot of stress and pain involved during pregnancy. It also helps to strengthen your core and get your circulation moving.
Here is how to do it:
- Set up on all fours, with hands right under your shoulders
- Open up the chest and look up
- Then curl your tailbone under and round you back, like a cat
- Repeat movements for around 1 minute
This Pilates move is great for stretching as well as strengthening, and it can be done quite easily.
Here is how to do it:
- Lie on your side with your knees at a 90-degree angle
- Keep your knees in the same position with both feet on the floor
- Open up your top knee and then close it
- Repeat 10-15 times
- Switch sides and do steps 1-4
If you are pregnant, stick to Pilates exercises. They are a great way to keep your body strong, help alleviate pain, and keep your mental health in check.