Gerrie PregnantI am a mother of a 2-year old and 4-month old baby.

I practiced prenatal Yoga during my first pregnancy and knew that I wanted to be stronger, more fit during my second pregnancy and stumbled upon the Body Belly Baby card at my doctor’s office- so glad I made the call! Prenatal Pilates at Body Belly Baby in Coconut Grove and Valerie Massoni – the owner – were and still continue to be integral part of my physical and mental well-being. The highlight of my week was going to work out with Valerie and other pregnant women twice a week.

Aside from Valerie being amazingly supportive, it is great to be part of a community of women and mothers, to share and learn with others who are going through a smilier experience: pregnancy, motherhood, nursing, being sleep-deprived… I am so thankful and glad that Valerie Massoni’s support continues even past Pregnancy with amazing Baby Massage classes and Mommie&Baby pilates classes.

Baby Massage has been an incredible way for my husband and I to bond with both our newborn and 2-year old and it also helps calm them and relax them.

Post Pregnancy classes have helped me tone and strengthen much more rapidly that I did after my first pregnancy.

Thank you Valerie Massoni and Body Belly Baby.

Gerrie Stewart
Happy client

photo[1]I was referred to Body Belly Baby early on in my pregnancy, and I attended the pre-natal Pilates classes weekly up until the very end. From the beginning I absolutely loved the studio and the personalized attention from the owner, Valerie. She went above and beyond for all the students, and always answered all of our many pregnancy questions with helpful tips and solutions, in addition to the physical Pilates instruction. I had a dream pregnancy, no sickness or discomfort, and barely any water retention, and I truly credit my Pilates practice with Valerie for my prenatal health. My strength grew every week, and I just felt better after every class, no matter how tired I was before. I had tried prenatal yoga before finding the studio, but I found that I enjoyed the Pilates classes so much more, since they are tailor-made to build the strength necessary for labor, and not just stretching exercises to relax.   So often pregnant women are told to rest and cease physical activity, but I found that I felt healthier and stronger the more active that I was. The classes at Body Belly Baby also provided great camaraderie with other pregnant students; I really enjoyed bonding with everyone and hearing about their unique pregnancy journeys.

In addition, the pediatric CPR course offered at Body Belly Baby was excellent, and both my husband and I attended.   I look forward to taking the baby massage courses and to continuing with my Pilates practice postpartum.

I would recommend Body Belly Baby highly to any expectant or new mother, and I am so thankful that I found the studio as soon as I became pregnant! Valerie is so caring and encouraging- she provides that TLC that all pregnant women so desperately need!

James was born on February 26th 2015

Kelly Sullivan
Happy Client

My husband and I love Body Belly Baby. We attend prenatal online classes during my pregnancy. I am in my 35th week and I feel great thanks to the online classes offered by Body Belly Baby.

We took 3 of Valerie’s Pregnancy Education classes online via Zoom and they were wonderful! After the first class we learned so much and knew we wanted to take the other classes that she offered. With this being our first baby we were concerned that we weren’t going to be able to attend classes in person because of the pandemic, but Body Belly Baby’s online option was amazing and the material was covered so thoroughly that it was every bit as effective as if we met in person. Valerie is very knowledgable and passionate about what she does and it shows, she cares a lot about her clients. We would highly recommend signing up for the online classes! After our baby is born I definitely plan to sign up for the postnatal classes!

B. E. Becker
Happy Client

Prenatal Pilates

I was a student of Valerie Massoni during my third trimester of pregnancy. I was beginning to feel anxious and unprepared for the upcoming birth. What would it feel like? How do I strengthen my body? Valerie’s class was just what I needed. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge, experience, and most of all, compassion. She clearly explained each exercise and took the time to work with me one-on-one to make sure I was doing everything properly. Before I was able to finish the twelve-week course, my water broke sending me into labor …six weeks too early. I was given an epidural prior to pushing, but was given so much that I could not feel anything and could not tell if I was pushing or not. I felt scared and helpless. My mind quickly went back to Valerie’s instructions. Even though I could not feel it, I mentally went through the belly exercises I practiced so diligently with Valerie.Five pushes later, my baby girl was out ! She spent the next week in the NICU and I was not allowed to hold her for the first days of her life. Valerie was such a support to me during this time. She counseled me on how best to touch my baby and interact with her despite the circumstances. I will be forever thankful for her kindness.

Jennifer Martindale
Happy Client
Completing the baby massage sessions changed my baby’s life and mine too! My daughter has reflux and right after her first massage I could see how she enjoyed it and after a couple of days she changed from being a fuzzy, crying baby to a more relaxed and happy one.
Valerie is the sweetest and most knowledgable instructor!  I was able to attend her prenatal pilates classes as well. I highly recommend all moms-to-be to take them since they are good for your body and for your baby too.
Thank you so much for everything! Bodil, Miami, Florida
Bodil Maul
Loved prenatal Pilates and Baby Massage courses.
Dr. Carlos Garcia, MD OBGYN recommends Body Belly Baby

Dr. Carlos Garcia, MD OBGYN recommends Body Belly Baby

Dr. Carlos Garcia highly recommends Body Belly Baby to every pregnant and postpartum women.

What is the value Body Belly Baby brings to pregnant women? New moms with babies?

Body Belly Baby has developed a brand that families can trust. It is evident that much care goes into selecting what courses will be offered and only if there is someone able to offer it as a high quality service. Expecting families have an overwhelming amount of options in the hospital, gyms, yoga centers. independent consultants, retail stores, and many other venues offer services and products. Inexperienced and experienced families alike find it difficult to decipher what is beneficial and how to measure quality other than word of mouth or online reviews.

 

Body Belly Baby’s brand of consistent attention to detail and organized high quality offerings along with a rapidly growing and established community of supporting physicians all over Miami at Mercy Hospital, Baptist Hospital, Mount Sinai  and South Miami Hospitals truly allows women and their family to confidently go to Body Belly Baby for all of their needs. The excellent and professional services at Body Belly Baby stand out and make this company unique, trustable and truly the best in pregnancy /postpartum fitness and education.

Body Belly Baby as a physical and online center for Prenatal Pilates, fitness and education is unique in that it has generated an amazing community of women in Miami and in the US who face the challenges of maternity and postpartum together under the guidance of a highly respected, knowledgeable, passionate instructor and founder in a fun and supportive environment in its physical center and online with very information virtual educational classes. For new moms, I have often heard that exercise in a group calms them.

There are many scenarios where Body Belly Baby has offered services where I would not have had another central option or where I would have had to send the women and their family to several services, I have often referred women who are overly anxious about a seemingly normal pregnancy to Body Belly Baby as the community bonding and camaraderie is exceptional with the added benefit of exercise and its effects on anxiety and depression. Women with twins or those with limited movement capacities due to complications of preterm labor or incompetent cervix have benefited from the Body Belly Baby Method’s in Pilates, non-impact format, again without sacrificing a supportive community environment afforded to those with normal pregnancies.Women who are athletic and competitive find the challenges of Pilates and Body Belly Baby Method  with its focus on core strengthening and total body conditioning to be addictive and a change from their cycling or long distance running which is limited and contra-indicated in pregnancy. Postpartum women who underwent cesarean section benefit form this method as they return to work faster with proper customized Pilates progression exercises in a unique setting where they can participate with their newborn child.

These offerings – in person classes and virtual classes now in Covid 19 time – make it not just more enjoyable, but also drastically increase compliance and persistence as Body Belly Baby has made the logistics of facing the challenges of maternity easier and less overwhelming.

Body Belly Baby’s Founder, Valerie is supportive, passionate and a visionary. She has high expectations from her team members who are all certified, qualified and caring professionals. Our practice proudly works now with Body Belly Baby as the most professional service providers for prenatal education in birth preparation, breastfeeding, Baby 101 and baby safety classes and more.

 

Dr. Carlos Garcia, MD

Miami OBGYN, LLC

Dr. Carlos Garcia MD Miami OBGYN LLC
Dr. Carlos Garcia, MD OBGYN recommends Body Belly Baby to every pregnant and postpartum woman
Prenatal Pilates & Infant Massage student

I joined Valerie’s baby massage class when my daughter was just a few months old. Both of us enjoyed it so much. It was a great way to connect and bond in those early months…and also a great way to meet new friends. Valerie creates a very relaxing environment where older siblings and other relatives are always welcome. It was such a pleasure attending her class!

Anna Dirksen
Happy Customer