Pilates Community Forum > Pregnant pilates instructor needs advice

I’m a pilates instructor, and I’m 5 weeks pregnant. I need some advice from instructors who have taught throughout their pregnancy. I teach a mat class twice a day, two times a week. Plus, I teach privately with the equipment. I’ve noticed, when I’m demonstrating some exercises using the lower abdominals, that they feel sore and tender in that area. It’s not painful or uncomfortable. It just feels strange. Is that normal? Should I continue demonstrating these exercises?
Another question:
How long will I be able to teach? Will pulling the strings, changing the straps, etc., be difficult? I would like to work until a month before my due date. Realistically, is it going to be too hard on my body to teach in my third trimester?
Thank you for the advice!

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEliza

Keeping in mind that each person is different, if you have a normal, healthy pregnancy, there should be no reason you could not continue teaching until one month before your due date. That is when I stopped and I know teachers who have literally taught until they went into labor. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you do not need to demonstrate and your clients are fully capable of making their own spring changes etc. Do only how much you feel comfortable with. If anything, it will make your clients take more ownership of their workouts. As far as the lower abdominal tenderness, I did experience some of this also and was told it was normal, but if you are concerned consult your doctor about it.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

since you are pregnant you should modify the exercise for yourself. Generally you shouldn't abandon your healthy and active lifestyle unless the doctor's told you otherwise. If you feel very much concern talk to your ob-gyn or a physical therapist.
If you want to continue exercising with your clients you yourself should do the modified version of exercise and you can choose one client with more experience or hire a temp assistant to help you with the beginners.
You can do some "homework" and google/youtube search more answers to your questions.
Good luck and have a healthy pregnancy!

July 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVarya