Last week, a pregnant mother asked me what helped me the most mentally and physically during my pregnancy. I knew immediately what to tell her- Prenatal Pilates. Valerie, owner of Body Belly Baby has been my prenatal and postpartum private Pilates instructor for a full year now. The experience has been transformative. Through Valerie’s Pilates classes, I was able to strengthen my body, most importantly learning to properly engage my core with breath work and muscle strengthening. Valerie gave me the physical and mental tools to feel empowered in my pregnancy, and I labored with calm confidence. Prenatal Pilates taught me endurance and prepared my body for birth. Valerie is incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging and dedicated, and teaches with her whole heart. Prenatal Pilates helped me to connect with my baby, helped me to maintain a healthy weight as is recommended by OBGYNs, and made my body stronger than it ever was pre-pregnancy.
The recovery time after giving birth was like night and day compared to my first pregnancy. I did not exercise during my first pregnancy and it took me so long to recuperate. I feel so lucky to have found Valerie and to have started prenatal Pilates with her for my second pregnancy. Valerie’s classes were vital to my postpartum recovery and gave me the physical strength to take care of a newborn and a toddler.
My Pilates journey with Valerie has continued after the birth of my child, and I am taking private one on one postpartum classes twice a week. After being given the okay by my OBGYN to start exercising again, I knew that I wanted to continue taking classes with Valerie for my physical and mental wellness. Mothers often have so little time for themselves, so I have found Valerie’s classes to be the most important part of my week where I can concentrate on my wellbeing, and reconnect with my mind body and spirit. I look forward to our classes and find them be mood boosting. When I began postpartum Pilates classes again with Valerie, she carefully accessed me post pregnancy, and formulated our classes specifically as was needed for my body. Under Valerie’s guidance and instruction, I have become stronger each week. Valerie’s continuous motivation and dedication in our classes has made me the strongest version of myself throughout my pregnancy and now into my postpartum journey. Thank you, Valerie. It has been a truly life changing experience to learn from you.