The Prenatal Core
There is so much “core confusion” when it comes to what is regarded as safe abdominal work during pregnancy.
So where does the confusion come from?
If you are a yoga student for example or see a trainer, they may advise you to no longer do any core work – whilst partially correct they are being too general in this statement.
More accurately they are referring to the superficial abdominal muscles which should be avoided absolutely during pregnancy and into your reconnection stage after childbirth. Alternatively the deep core muscles should in fact be the focus and form the foundation of all your prenatal workouts.
Diastasis Recti/Abdominal Separation
WHAT IS A DIASTASIS?
Diastasis Recti refers to the separation of the outer-most abdominal layer - the Rectus or 6-pack muscle group - along the linea alba into left and right halves. The linea alba is the connective tissue which joins the different layers of abdominal muscles at the midline of the body – it often becomes more visible during pregnancy.
This separation is 100% normal and has to happen to make room for your growing baby.
Muscles to Focus on during Pregnancy
BodyLove Pilates is all about effective, safe prenatal training – therefore we only focus on muscles that are going to be necessary and supportive during your pregnancy.
The deep core muscles are key and will be cued in every move but it’s important to know what other muscles are important and why!
Luckily not only do these make you feel good but they are conveniently some of the vanity muscles us Ladies love to workout!
- By focusing on the muscles of the arms you will not only gain a good set of guns,
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YOU ARE NOT YOUR HORMONES!
You are NOT crazy! When you feel like crying because you’re overwhelmingly happy and you feel so angry you start laughing – that is totes normal! Well at least it’s completely out of your control. The massive shift in hormones is very real during pregnancy and it does not only mess with your mood but can affect how you workout and what is safe for you and your baby.
Understanding what occurs to your body because of the prenatal hormones will go along way to explaining the physical and physiological changes that you are experiencing.Read more...