Post-Partum Recovery With PilatesPosted by Ian Kullhem on Jan 21, 2015
Congratulations! Mother and baby are doing well. Baby is gaining weight while mama is stressing over losing it.
From the hormone released into a mother-to-be’s body to relax tendons, preparing her for birthing, to producing milk enough to satisfy a newborn, the physical changes are accompanied by emotional ones. Once a woman gives birth, her uterus begins decreasing in size and repositioning itself inside the pelvis. But pulling on those pre-pregnancy jeans will require exercise.
Typically, the recommended wait time is a minimum of six weeks. That said, if you had a C-section or any difficulties during the birth, your doctor may want to you to wait longer before starting to exercise.
Postnatal Pilates is a great way to get back into shape. Since Pilates is low-impact and can easily be tempered and adjusted to meet your specific needs, it is a very gentle way to ease your body back into exercise. Additionally, Pilates focus on core strength and conditioning helps strengthen the pelvic floor as well as abs and back – all three of which play an integral role in literally lifting and picking up your new baby.
The benefits of joining a Pilates class after you give birth extend beyond the physical. Pilates classes offer a social outlet for new moms who need just a little “me-time” to relax and recharge.
Pilates in the Pines has certified Pilates instructors to train you on the movements required to recoup your pre-baby body in short order. See our calendar for group class times and dates.