Pregnancy Pilates can provide low impact exercises without causing too much pressure on your body or baby. Pilates teacher Sarah Vrancken, who specialises in Pilates for pregnancy demonstrates a gentle pilates workout for the third trimester of pregnancy
Is it just us or does it seem like everyone is pregnant going into the new year? From Kate Middleton and Chrissy Teigen to THREE of the Kardashian sisters expecting new family additions in the next few months (if you want to know what Khloe Kardashian eats we spoke to her nutritionist here).
The buzz is around what these celebrities do to remain in shape and healthy during their pregnancies so we got the low down from Binky Felstead’s personal trainer who divulged 19 secrets to Felstead’s return to a regular fitness routine. Expert advice is valuable at this time especially if new mums are unsure exactly how to ease back into a solid workout routine after the body’s changes of the previous nine months.
The third trimester is the final chapter of your pregnancy and this is the stage where the weight of the bump is going to be challenging for your body to cope with. However, if you have stayed strong and mobile all through the first and second trimester, you will be reaping the benefits in the third trimester and as you continue with your Pilates routine, you may get all the way to the delivery date without any aches and pains.
It is absolutely possible to exercise up to the date you will give birth – just listen to your body and if you feel up to it, roll out your mat and do this Pilates routine designed for the third trimester by qualified Pilates instructor Sarah Vrancken.
The question we get asked regularly is if doing Pilates during pregnancy helps with the actual birth. The Pilates breathing, the increased body awareness and the strength you have gained are all positive attributes that you can take with you into the delivery room. And although there is no set path as every birth is different, having a strong and mobile body will always be a good thing. From having taught many pregnant and post-natal women, we can for sure tell you that exercising during pregnancy helps you to recover more quickly after birth, so it’s well worth the effort.
Sarah Vrancken is a qualified Pilates and Fitness Instructor who believes we can all benefit from a stronger, healthier and more flexible body free from aches and pains. With two young kids, a busy household and a consultancy business to run, Sarah turned to Pilates to help her cope with daily life. She teaches in Surrey and set up Kalm Pilates to offer online Pilates programmes to spread the virtues of the practice.
Sarah decided to get her qualification as a pre-natal and post-natal fitness instructor as the information available on exercising during pregnancy was often contradictory. The knowledge she gained from the qualification combined with Pilates helped her stay pain free during her pregnancies and aided her recovery post-partum.