Hanneke's love for movement started many years ago at the ballet barre. After graduating with a Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and a career as a Money Broker in London and New York, Hanneke decided to follow her true passion and became an Internationally Certified STOTT Pilates Instructor. Hanneke is a passionate teacher, dedicated to motivating and helping her students achieve their own fitness goals.

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by Hanneke Antonelli, Pilates Expert

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Hillary Duff, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair - they all have more than just their celebrity status in common. These celebrities have also jumped on the Pilates for pregnancy bandwagon. Almost every week we hear of another celebrity that's doing Pilates. And honestly who can blame them, the benefits are endless!


Here's the scoop:

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise and can be modified to suit the specific needs of pregnant women during their entire pregnancy.

During pregnancy a non-active woman will lose her muscle tone. Most women's abdominal muscles get stretched and diastasis recti (the separation of your rectus abdominis, the six pack muscle) occurs. Doing Pilates before and during your pregnancy will help minimize and speed up the recovery of diastasis recti.

How? Pilates exercises focus in on the transverse abdominis, the deepest abdominal muscle that wraps around your waste like a corset. Strengthening this muscle helps pull the two parts of the rectus abdominis together.

Pilates also builds strength in the upper back muscles that helps pregnant women maintain proper posture. This helps to relieve lower back pain that results from poor posture.

Doing exercise also releases endorphins which will help your mood, making you feel happier and better throughout your pregnancy.

Due to the fact that Pilates exercises also train you to have a better mind body connection and work from very deep within the body (specifically the deep core muscles), women who have done Pilates during pregnancy also have an easier time during delivery as they know where to push from.

Lastly doing Pilates during your pregnancy will help you bounce back to your pre-baby body much quicker.

NOTE: Always make sure that your Pilates Instructor has pre-natal experience and have done Pre & Post-natal courses and workshops. Working with Instructors that are not qualified can harm you and your baby!

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