I’ve been working with pregnant women for over 10 years.
In my Prenatal Pilates class we start each class with a theme or educational topic.
During our last class, once we’ve had a chance to get to know one another and let our guard down, the women take turns going around the room and sharing the fears they have approaching their delivery.
I’ve heard literally hundreds of women bear their souls about what has them shaking in their maternity stockings. ...
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! NOW, WHAT?!
If you look online, you’ll be bombarded with well-meaning fitness advice from well-intentioned trainers. This is not the time to put your body in the hands of an amateur. If we were friends (and I hope someday we will be!), here’s what I’d tell you:
I love the Pilates mermaid stretch! It accomplishes so many things for my pregnant mamas, it feels so good, and it’s such a pretty move. This is perfect for pregnant women who feel they are “running out of room” in their torso.
It’s also a lovely exercise for pregnant women experiencing numbness and tingling in the upper extremities (once more serious nerve involvement has been ruled out). While we most often think of these symptoms as relating...
“I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire” —-Johnny Cash
Ah, the dreaded “ring of fire.”
Pregnant women shudder at the mere thought of the commonly described moment as the baby’s head is crowning. Couldn’t we paint a more loving picture of the moment directly before a mother meets the child she has been growing in her belly for 9 months...