Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( Part 3 )

Better breath control

As the baby grows, the diaphragm is compressed up into the chest, and even though a woman’s lung capacity remains the same, it can feel increasingly harder to breathe.  Pilates breathing taps into the intercostal muscles lining the rib cage, which allows moms to still feel able to take deep breaths. Pilates breathing also helps keep the thoracic spine (middle back) flexible, which can get very tight during pregnancy.  Also, since each exercise in Pilates is associated with the breath connection it makes using the breath during labor much more accessible.