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Postpartum Pilates: A Journey to Recovery and Strength

Childbirth is a transformative experience for a woman, both emotionally and physically. Postpartum recovery is a critical period when your body undergoes tremendous change and readjustment. One of the effective and safe ways to assist in postpartum recovery is by practicing Pilates.

Postpartum Pilates: A Healing Touch

The gentle and targeted approach of Pilates makes it an excellent choice for postpartum recovery. Pilates can assist in rebuilding strength in the abdomen and pelvic floor - areas greatly affected by childbirth.

Postpartum women often experience diastasis recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles separate during pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby. A 2015 study in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science indicated that Pilates exercises effectively improved diastasis recti in postpartum women [1].

Benefits of Postpartum Pilates

  1. Regaining Core Strength: Pilates exercises focus on strengthening the 'powerhouse' - the area that consists of the abdomen, lower back, and pelvic floor. This helps in restoring the strength and functionality of these areas after childbirth.

  2. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: A targeted Pilates program can greatly assist in rebuilding pelvic floor strength, enhancing urinary control and sexual health.

  3. Improved Posture: Carrying and nursing a baby can strain your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Pilates can help counteract these postural changes by strengthening the relevant muscles and teaching proper alignment.

  4. Enhanced Body Awareness: Pilates fosters a heightened sense of body awareness, helping you tune in to the changes your body is experiencing and responding with self-care and gentleness.

  5. Mental Well-being: By focusing on breath control and mindful movement, Pilates can also offer mental and emotional benefits, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation.

As always, consult with your healthcare provider before beginning a postpartum exercise program. At West Hollywood Pilates, our instructors are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to guide you safely and effectively on your postpartum Pilates journey.


  1. Mota, P. G. F., Pascoal, A. G. B. A., Carita, A. I. A. D., & Bø, K. (2015). The Immediate Effects on Inter-rectus Distance of Abdominal Crunch and Drawing-in Exercises During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy, 45(10), 781–788.

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