Why practice yoga or Pilates during pregnancy


Why practice yoga or Pilates during pregnancy

During pregnancy it is important to continue to exercise, adapted to your conditions.

During pregnancy they tend to recommend us a certain degree of physical activity that keep us active and in shape without putting at risk our health or that of the fetus. By its qualities, rhythm and benefits, yoga and Pilates method are two of the activities most recommended by experts for these intense months of your life.

Prevent urinary incontinence, improve attitudes, strengthen and tone muscles, release physical and emotional stress…, numerous are the benefits of practicing yoga and Pilates during pregnancy. These two low-impact activities are based on gentle exercises which are ideal throughout the entire pregnancy, and also extend its benefits delivery, and even the postpartum period.

In the words of the specialist in the method Pilates prenatal and postnatal care and head of physiotherapy of the clinical Alicante Maternum, Paula García Angüís: “the method Pilates during pregnancy prepares the MOM in the face to the many physical, structural and emotional changes that pregnancy brings with it, in addition to work and improve the functions of all structures involved in childbirth. It is a work of body and mind that allows you to coordinate movements and respiration”.

In yoga, it is also a source of health that works at the physical level, but that places emphasis on the mental concentration. “The primary purpose of yoga is destensionar body and concentrate the mind, to be able to connect. The breath as an instrument of concentration is used to connect the body and the mind, and other sensations can also work: contraction, movements of the baby in the womb, sounds… During pregnancy, the practice of yoga allows you to a calm space from where to breathe and see the greatness of what is happening in your body”, indicates Lourdes Vidal, yoga teacher, trainer and founder of Oyoga Seville.

In short, bet on these two disciplines is to get that sana mens in corpore healthy. But never forget to inform your Gynecologist of your intention to practice them and, of course, always put in the hands of good professionals who adapt the exercises to your needs (if you have a considered risk, placenta previa, or gestational diabetes, pregnancy for example, may be contraindicated, or there will be exercises that you can do).

However, if you join classes it is convenient that also reports to your monitors of your pregnancy, the week in which you find yourself and the evolution of the same, to adapt the exercises at your own pace and physical condition or possible inconvenience that may appear during pregnancy, and to be able to continue to enjoy the advantages offered by the practice of these disciplines for pregnant women.