This is why you don’t see Mommy and Toddler Pilates classes.
However! Bryce and I have recently started attending a Mom and Baby Pilates class by Oh Baby! Fitness. I am loving it!!! I originally signed up for the class to get rid of my baby belly and get my clothes to fit better. In the meantime I have learned quite a few things, allow me to share!
Most importantly the class we are taking is made for postpartum moms and this is crucial. All of the exercises are designed to be safe for our recovering bodies and to help strengthen our muscles and realign us. After carrying around all that weight in front it takes some time to readjust. I didn’t realize how much I needed it.The class also incorporates your baby! This is no small feat with my chunky monkey. He’s now weighing in at 18 lbs and 28 inches!!
One of the biggest problems I have had lately though is with my hips clicking and popping. They are constantly sore and if I’m not careful, putting on pants can be pretty painful. I knew that the hormone relaxin, which allows your hips to loosen and spread for birth, was causing my discomfort. What I didn’t realize was that it could take up to 12 months AFTER you quit breastfeeding for things to go back to “normal”. Well Duh! No wonder my hips are in such bad shape! I was pregnant with Noah and then breastfed for 9 months and 3 months later I was pregnant with Bryce! Luckily there are a number of exercises that we are doing to help me strengthen the muscles around my hips. I am already seeing improvement!
Another thing I have noticed recently is that my butt has completely disappeared!! Seriously, I didn’t have much to begin with, but now it’s non-existent! I also notice that even though I am skinnier than I have been since we got married, I have a stomach pooching out and no butt. Not cool! The class focuses so much on our posture that I am noticing when I work on keeping my spine neutral my tummy disappears and my butt resurfaces! Woo Hoo!! A tummy tuck and a butt lift almost immediately! How’s that for an instant gratification workout!
If you are in the Atlanta area you should definitely check out an Oh Baby! Fitness class. I didn’t get a chance to check them out, but they also have pregnancy classes. This is not a sponsored post. I just wanted to share what we are up to. If you aren’t in Atlanta you should check out your area for a class! Or find a DVD!