The period of pregnancy is a magical process, a wonderful and unforgettable experience for every woman!
Once the conception takes place, the female body undergoes progressive changes and adjustments in order to respond properly to the creation and development of a new life.
Pregnancy usually lasts 40 weeks. The main changes in the woman’s body during pregnancy are:
- Weight gain
- Increase of the basal metabolic rate
- Increase of the cardiovascular system requirements
- Malfunctions of digestive system
- Increased urinary frequency
- Significant changes in the musculoskeletal system
- Increased body temperature
- Increased fluid retention
Statistical studies have shown that pregnant women who exercise regularly, from 3-5 times a week, have a lower average body weight gain, shorter average labor length, fewer cesarean births due to weakness of childbirth evolution and shorter stay in the hospital after birth.
Pilates is ideal for expectant moms, because it relieves back and waist aches, it strengthens without strain and prepares the body for childbirth through specific exercises and breathing techniques.
In order for a pregnant woman to start exercising, it is very important to have reached the 12th week of pregnancy and to have the consent of her doctor. The program is gradually adjusted depending on the weeks of pregnancy, reaching up to the day of birth!