Pilates for Pregnant Women: A Healthy AlternativeAndrade Martin C, Fernandes Alvares R*, Reis Nascimento T, Waldemar Paranaiba SS, Karen da Silva Morais T and Carvalho Santos D
FARPLAC, UNIPLAN, Physical Therapist, Studio-100 Pilates, Brasilia, Brazil
- Corresponding Author:
- Alvares RF
Physical Therapist (FARPLAC)
Pharmacist (UNIPLAN), Owner Partner
Manager and Coach, Studio-100 Pilates, Brasilia, Brazil
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 21, 2017; Accepted Date: March 28, 2017; Published Date: April 28, 2017
Citation: Martin AC, Alvares RF, Nascimento TR, Paranaiba SSW, Da Silva-Morais TK, et al. (2017) Pilates for Pregnant Women: A Healthy Alternative. J Women's Health Care 6:366. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000366
Copyright: © 2017 Martin CA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Pregnancy is a specific stage in women’s life, a time when they face physiological and biomechanical changes that, without proper monitoring, lead to the emergence of musculoskeletal discomforts. Most of these issues are associated with postural changes, balance, ligament laxity, body weight increase and cardiorespiratory disorders. The Pilates method provides several benefits such as increased respiratory capacity, improved muscle strength and the strengthening of torso-stabilizing muscles, flexibility, spine mobility, postural alignment, coordination, proprioception, balance and motor control. Given the specific condition of pregnant women and the variations derived from such condition, Pilates may positively contribute to these women's health within their physical and psychological limitations. The aim of the current study is to address the importance of Pilates, clinical guidelines and physical activities practiced in the main pregnancy periods (trimesters) through a bibliographical analysis. Pregnant women are known for the several physiological changes they go through; thus, Pilates can make important contributions to their health, such as the promotion of quality of life and wellbeing to improve their adaptation to each gestational week.