Remaining fit and mobile is crucial and there is a great variety of exercise that will compliment your Pilates practice.
Don't forget that the heart is a muscle - so including some forms of mild cardio throughout gestation (unless a doctor advises against it) is recommended.
For many years it was thought that a woman should not get her heart rate above 140 beats p/min whilst pregnant but recent studies have proven that if you have regularly done cardio prior to getting pregnant - it is safe to continue.
CAUTION - listen to your body, stay cool and hydrated whilst exercising and if it something doesn’t feel right – STOP!
EXAMPLES OF SAFE COMPLIMENTARY EXERCISE
- Power walking
- Light jogging (practiced prior to become pregnant)
- Stationary biking (spinning)
- Barre classes
- Prenatal Yoga
Remember - when you are exercising outside of BodyLove Pilates don’t forget the Fundamental exercises:
- STABILITY THEN MOBILITY - initiate movement by first engaging pelvic floor and TVA
- DON’T do any abdominal work that compromises all the great deep core work you do when working out with BodyLove - Stay in class and just take the time to do your seated - Fundamental exercises!