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When the last thing you feel like is exercise

During pregnancy, your body is working overtime. In the first and last trimesters it’s common to feel tired—exhausted even. On top of that, your emotions are all over the place and you’re constantly playing catch up with your changing body.

According to the Royal College of Midwives in London, you’re also highly likely to be suffering from back pain—it reports that 68% of pregnant women have back issues, and you’re far more likely to be affected if you’ve had problems before.

Though an exciting future awaits you and your family, there’s no doubt it’s a stressful time for you and your body. And the last thing you probably feel like doing is exercise!

Despite how you might feel, the Victorian Government recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day during pregnancy—according to them it provides numerous health benefits including better weight control, improved mood and, obviously, greater fitness. It can also reduces the risk of pregnancy related complications like hypertension and pre-eclampsia.

The good news is that for more than 20 years, Relinque Sports and Spinal Group has offered small, personalised Pilates classes for women in all stages of pregnancy.

The benefits of Pilates in pregnancy include reduced lower back pain, improved recovery time post-partum and a general easing of the challenges of being pregnant. The regular exercise will also help to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes and improve your mental wellbeing—bear in mind that, according to Beyond Blue, 1 in 5 Australian women will experience symptoms of depression or anxiety during pregnancy.

When you first sign up for Pilates, you’ll be guided through a comprehensive physical assessment by one of our Osteopaths, during which we’ll assess your strengths and weaknesses, postural problems and any movement restrictions you have. We’ll then tailor your Pilates program to suit you as you move through the various phases of pregnancy.

So what are you waiting for? Give Relinque Sports and Spinal a call on 03 9499 9644.