Move better with prenatal Pilates

When you think of Pilates, you think of  Hollywood celebrities — and its no surprise with  A-listers like Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock all claiming to be big fans.

But, it’s actually a well-loved exercise routine for many of us ‘normal’ people too. And, more specifically, prenatal Pilates is gaining popularity around the world too.

Pilates is often lumped together with yoga as a gentler exercise method, when compared to aerobics, swimming, or any other high-impact activity. But don’t be fooled — unlike it’s yoga cousin — Pilates is definitely a more energetic exercise, whether you’re pregnant or not. So, if yoga’s not your thing, here’s why prenatal Pilates might just be your workout of choice.

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What is Pilates?

Unlike yoga, which has been practiced for thousands of years, Pilates is a fairly new exercise discipline dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. It was developed by German-born Joseph Pilates and was originally intended to be used as a rehabilitation exercise for wounded soldiers, who were returning from the Great War of 1914 to 1918.

In its original state, a session often involved the use of machines, specially designed by Joseph Pilates himself. Pilates was later adopted by dancers in Europe, for its ability to build strength, flexibility, and linear movement of one’s body.

Nowadays, Pilates relies less on machines and more on smaller equipment like an exercise ball and resistance springs. Using this type of equipment makes it easier to practice in studios or even at home.

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Prenatal pilates

Prenatal Pilates is a great exercise to do during pregnancy and can help prepare the body for birth

The benefits of prenatal Pilates

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