Pilates is a great form of exercise to stay in shape and build up strength for the big event- but beginning this form of exercise should happen in the first three months, the earlier the better. You have something called fascia, or sort of a soft sheath of connected tissue, that spreads apart as that baby gets bigger. It’s possible to tear it if you begin an abdomen-intensive form of exercise after you’ve already started sprouting a big ole bump. Your Pilates instructor (me) can definitely modify the exercises to suit your body’s needs as the baby grows, but best to start early and consult with your doctor or midwife as well.
Raise your hand if your hand is- hurting! Ouch!
Many of us after 50 or 55 begin to experience some symptoms of either Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis. Please consult your doctor if you are developing any of these symptoms to determine which kind you are dealing with- it does matter in terms of your plan of attack. RA is a condition in which your body’s immune system is attacking its own tissue, which is why joints become inflamed. Osteoarthritis is the degeneration of cartilage and underlying bones as use and time progresses. As you can imagine, management techniques for each would vary.
However, Pilates is excellent exercise for both conditions! As you develop abdominal strength through systemic progressions of exercises, pressure is taken off of strained joints. Movement helps with the inflammation and pain, and increased all around strength helps to build your bones as needed.
It may feel like you don’t want to move those aching joints- I know, because I have arthritis in my hands- but movement and strength building, stretching and toning is just the ticket. As always, please consult your doctor before beginning any exercise.