OMBE Prenatal Pilates
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO...
Q. What is Pilates?
A. Pilates is a form of exercise that builds spinal and pelvic stability while promoting balance in muscle length and strength in a variety of postures.
Q. What are the benefits of prenatal Pilates?
A. Pilates is a safe form of exercise during pregnancy. The exercises increase deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength to provide support for the weight of the baby, reduce pressure on the spine, increase the awareness of the muscles used during labor and delivery, and stabilize joints that become loose due to hormonal changes. As your center of gravity shifts, Pilates will enhance your balance and stability. Pilates also incorporates breath work that can assist relaxation during delivery.
Q. How far into my pregnancy can I do Pilates?
A. Pilates is a safe form of exercise that can be modified through your entire pregnancy. Regardless of where you are in your pregnancy, it is important to listen to your body and physician recommendations.
Q. Are there any contraindications for Pilates?
A. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, exercise is contraindicated for the following conditions: high blood pressure, preterm labor, placenta previa, and premature rupture of membranes. As with any other form of exercise during pregnancy, you should check with your physician before beginning Pilates.
Jessica L. Molleur is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. Jessica first became interested in acupuncture as a soccer player searching for an alternative to knee surgery.
She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Chinese Herbology through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Following her acupuncture licensure, she became a Diplomate of Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Areas of specialty include women's health, infertility, pediatrics, and sports medicine. For patients interested in learning more about acupuncture for fertility and IVF, please click here.