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Because Pilates focuses on core strength, it is possible for you to overstress your abdominal muscles, especially during the later stages of pregnancy, when your whole body is already under significant physical stress. A separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis) can occur later in pregnancy, and you may want to avoid Pilates workouts or modify the exercises to keep the separation from growing larger. To check for diastasis, lie on your back with knees bent and place your fingertips about 1 or 2 inches below your belly button, fingers pointing toward your feet. Lift your head as high as you can . If you feel a ridge protruding from the middle of your belly, that indicates a separation of the abdominal muscles. Always pay attention to how you feel, and discontinue the activity in which your are engaged if you experience any discomfort in your abdominals or back.