Why it works:
While it may seem counter-intuitive to work on your core muscles while pregnant, Pilates creates length and flexibility in the abdomen and pelvic floor, which will help support AND assist you as you both carry and deliver your baby. Keeping these muscles strong will also help prevent tearing of the abdominal wall (Diastasis Recti). Pilates is stress free on your joints and gentle, while still working your muscles enough to stay strong and stable as your body evolves during your journey through pregnancy.
When you’re ready to resume your workouts (everyone is different, and every birth is different, but 6-8 weeks is around when you can expect to get back to working out) , nothing is as effective as Pilates for getting the abdominal muscles back in action, and helping you feel like yourself again. With new parenthood, comes a lot of new movements and positions for you to adjust to. You may find your body has some interesting new challenges – neck issues that can arise from breast-feeding, hip and back strain from holding and caring for your little one, a lack of stability from ligamental laxity due to the hormone Relaxin. We will address all of this as well as anything else you may be experiencing, and help you regain control of your changing body.
Donna and Lexy have both had years of continuing education and experience working with women to strengthen and prepare their bodies for birth, and to recover their conditioning after pregnancy. They have trained many women through their 9th month, and it is one of their favorite areas of teaching. Bolder Pilates is a safe and nurturing environment for your pre-pregnancy and postnatal Pilates training in Boulder.
I was 16 weeks pregnant when I worked up the courage to begin working out again after a complicated first trimester. I was a bit apprehensive about trying something new while pregnant. Lexy put me immediately at ease with her knowledge of and expertise with pregnant women at any stage. She moved slowly through the exercises and didn’t once poke fun at me for being the least coordinated human being on this earth (even without a big belly) — and I assure you — I deserved it. Also, it didn’t hurt that Lexy is as sweet and zen and she is bubbly. She was always asking about my pregnancy and my plans; I looked forward to every session! I am so sad that Lexy will not be around for my second pregnancy. She is a doll and so so knowledgeable. I may just have to visit her in Boulder! Thanks, Lexy, I’ll miss you!”Jeanne G