Pregnancy Pilates Workout for First Trimester

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Pregnancy Pilates Workout for First Trimester

Pregnancy Pilates Workout for First Trimester

Here is my Pregnancy Pilates Workout for First Trimester. I want to share this 20 minute online prenatal Pilates workout you can do at home. It contains modified exercises suitable for you if you are in your first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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We know just how important exercise is to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. When you exercise regularly it helps to prevent disease, reduce stress, and gives you a better overall quality of life.

When pregnant, participating in a prenatal Pilates class in the 1st trimester gets you off to the right start when it comes to a pregnancy fitness plan you can maintain throughout your pregnancy.

First Trimester (1-12 weeks)

Let me start by stating that every woman will experience a different pregnancy to other women. Some will be experiencing morning sickness or be feeling tired which can create havoc in your everyday life.

Pilates is a safe exercise to perform in the 1st trimester but there are some exercises that still need to be modified. You need to exercise at a lower intensity in order to avoid your body temperature and heart rate elevating too high.

Pregnancy Pilates Workout for First Trimester

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What are the benefits of Pilates during the first trimester?

Pilates was a favourite of mine throughout my pregnancy. It is a great workout to strengthen and condition the entire body in a safe, gentle manner. My modified exercises are designed to help your growing belly and ever-changing body cope during pregnancy.

For example, some of the glute strengthening exercises assist in preventing any postural problems that can develop due to the weight of your growing bump.

First Trimester Exercises

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Is Pilates safe during the first trimester?

Yes! But the first trimester is not the time to try and achieve new personal bests. Now is the time to focus on breathing and stabilization. I want you to only do as much exercise as you feel comfortable doing. You see, from now on and throughout each week, it's important to pay attention to how you're feeling.

I have created workouts that consist of safe and modified Pilates exercises so that they can be easily adapted to accommodate your pregnant body.

Can I Use a Pilates Reformer when Pregnant?

Yes, the Pilates Reformer is a great way to safely challenge the body during the first trimester, but as already discussed, not all exercises are suitable for pregnancy. Avoid overstretching, since the ligaments of the pregnant body are more sensitive.

Although the Reformer can be a supportive way to exercise, it needs to be introduced in an appropriate way for beginners. It's important to learn the correct movements before adding the challenge of resistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Pilates help relieve common first trimester pain issues?

Yes! You will soon discover that the deep breathing are relaxing and the movement in Pilates increases circulation which boosts. The strength you develop will help keep your body pain free as your belly expands.

What if Pilates is causing pain or discomfort?

You must listen to your body! I want you to slow down and move at your own pace during pregnancy. A qualified prenatal Pilates Pilates instructor can provide further guidance on what exercises you can and can't do.

Should I warm up before a Pilates session?

All workouts should begin with an appropriate warm-up. I want you to start slow and ease your way into the workout.

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