Pacifiers, Pampers, & Pilates
It can be difficult for women in the throes of pregnancy or infant care to schedule exercise. If you’re a mom or soon-to-be mom, I’m sure you’re well aware of this fact. Already full schedules of work, doctors appointments, and baby preparations or care generally take precedent and understandably so. If your life hasn’t already been uprooted by preparations for the arrival of a new family member, it’s about to be. That’s where we come in!
Just over a year ago, I was connected with Gain Fitness to design Prenatal Pilates, an app that offers prenatal and postpartum workouts for in-home use. Our app brings fitness to you at time when you’re not juggling crib construction, dirty diapers, or 30-second showers while the baby is “sleeping.”
It was important to me that the app be much more than just a modified Pilates workout. So, we designed it to offer workout programs specific for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimesters and the postpartum period. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, is so important for prenatal fitness. We made sure the app walked you through the what, how, and when by including detailed instructions and motivation for each exercise. I’ve also been hearing about “pregnancy brain” from my clients for a while now, so we made sure the app even tracks your reps and guides you the whole time. Finally, I wanted to make sure it was practical for any one at home, so you can select what props you have and find exercises tailored for any environment. All of the interactive workouts are interactive so you can select specific fitness levels, duration, and areas of focus. Now you can use your limited “me time” exactly how you want to!
Here are a few important highlights for prenatal and postpartum fitness that I think all expectant and new mothers should know:
- The use of a stability ball is key during pregnancy because it strengthens the pelvic floor and aids in connecting deep postural muscles. If you have the room for one in your home, I strongly suggest you get one. Your body will thank you.
- If you have not been exercising throughout your entire pregnancy, remember to start slow and build up.
- Be sure to get your doctor’s permission before starting a new exercise program.
- Take your time and be forgiving because your body is going through a lot of changes.
- When you find out you’re pregnant it’s best to switch to a prenatal-specific exercise program to ensure the safety of you and your bun-in-the oven.
- Remember, it’s just a short time that you have to switch your routine. Being conservative and working with a prenatal exercise specialist will protect you for the long haul.
- Pregnancy isn’t the time to push hard and try to build strength. All of your hormones are trying to create the right conditions for the baby and delivery….Work with your body, not against it.
Check out our Prenatal Pilates app and bring me into your living room for a Pregnancy workout!
If you’re looking for a class to get you started and keep you motivated, we’ve added a Prenatal Pilates class to our San Francisco schedule on Mondays at 5:30pm beginning March 30 and to our Oakland schedule on Wednesdays at 5:30pm beginning April 1. Women at all stages of their pregnancy are welcome to join!