Being pregnant can be a joyful time, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Over the course of 40 or so weeks, your body goes through so many changes that can leave you in pain and discomfort. Your abdomen, back, and pelvis will bear the brunt of it, but you don't have to just grin and bear it. There are exercises you can do that can help you cope with any issues, or even help prevent them if you're not experiencing any trouble yet. There are some amazing benefits of doing pilates when pregnant, including that it works the areas most likely to be causing your aches and pains.
To find out more about the benefits of doing pilates when pregnant, Romper spoke with Jo D'Agostino, the Director of Pre- and Postnatal Programming at Core Pilates NYC. D'Agostino has been a pilates instructor for more than a decade, and she's been leading classes for pregnant women and new moms for about eight years. She's a true believer in the power of pilates to make pregnancy, labor, and post-birth recovery more enjoyable. Although you might think fitness classes are all about keeping your pregnancy weight down, D'Agostino's focus is on helping expectant moms stayed toned and strong for childbirth and beyond.
Here are five big benefits of hitting up a prenatal pilates class.