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Pilates in Pregnancy

The Pilates Pregnancy BY DEIRDRE SHEVLIN BELL When I was expecting my first child, Pilates prepared me better than all the parenting books on my shelf put together. Because I have a bad back—a really bad back, fused throughout the thoracic spine and immobilized by two stainless-steel rods, thank you scoliosis—I worried about what all the baby carrying, feeding and bent-forward baby-gazing would do to me. So in the months leading up to my son’s arrival, I did Pilates religiously: private lessons once a week and classes twice a week, in addition to home practice. When I finally held my son for the first time, I was the strongest I had ever been. Without so much as a twinge or strain, I could lift him and carry him for hours on end—all 26 pounds of him. Go ahead, uncross your legs: My first child came to me at the age of 19 months, through adoption. With my second child, born almost a year ago, I expected Pilates to be just as big a helper. But here was the thing: Very early on, around 10 weeks, I found that I couldn’t do my regular routine anymore. After every Pilates class, I’d come home with a piercing pain in my pelvis so fierce I could hardly walk. It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed a break—or at least a change—in my routine. So for the next couple months, I took a Pilates hiatus. I got my exercise by walking and doing water aerobics, but I still felt myself getting weak. My body was changing rapidly, and I knew I needed Pilates to stay strong. One of my favorite things about Pilates is how flexible and accommodating it is; I knew I could adapt my routine to my pelvic issues. With a lot of research and a very good...

About Fletcher Pilates

About Pilates and the Ron Fletcher Work Pilates is a philosophy of movement that incorporates breath, precision, focus, intention and control to develop core strength and flowing movement. Through a series of movements the muscles of the abdomen and spine are developed to encourage proper posture and body alignment, flexibility and balance. Ron Fletcher is a master teacher of the Pilates method and worked directly with Joseph and Clara Pilates. He brought his knowledge and experience of movement and dance to the method and this evolved into the Ron Fletcher...