I have been doing Pilates for a few years now, in different countries and with different teachers. It is part of my weekly workout programme and when I found out I was pregnant I preferred to focus on lower impact but effective exercise, so swapped my runs and aerobic classes ford more Pilates and yoga. I found Tessa’s classes by pure chance when I found a flyer at the Eric Liddell Centre, and I am so glad I did! I started the classes quite early in my pregnancy and I didn’t miss one. These classes made a big difference to my pregnancy and complemented really well with the rest of the things that I was doing to give my baby a happy, healthy home while I was pregnant. The Pilates classes helped me stay fit and they had a tremendous positive impact on my whole well-being during and after my pregnancy. I must say that I was pretty consistent and also practised Pilates two to three times a week at home, with the exercises booklet that was given to us at the beginning of the course. But even if you don’t have the time or energy to do Pilates more than once a week, then the weekly class that Tess offers makes a massive difference. The exercises are tough so you can feel you’re working out, but gentle enough and tailored to ever-growing bumps, and they are really focused on strengthening the pelvic floor, which is really important particularly after giving birth.
Our baby was actually born very prematurely and unexpectedly at 27 weeks while we were visiting family in Germany, so I obviously stopped attending the classes much earlier than I thought I would. Having a baby born so early and away from home was a challenging experience and I knew that I needed to stay strong and focused both mentally and physically. So as soon as my doctors there gave me the ok to start exercising again, I started doing pilates and yoga almost every night, in the tiny hotel room in which we lived for over two months while we waited for our baby to be released from hospital. Doing my exercises had such a positive impact both on my physical and mental health and I am so glad that I did them, even when I was tired after a long day in hospital.
Tessa was very supportive when I told her what happened, and she was very welcoming when I finally brought my baby to the post natal class, roughly about when he would have been only a couple of days old if he’d been born on time! He was the tiniest baby in the room and happily slept away for the whole class for the first few months! I now continue to attend Tessa’s All Levels classes (without baby, as he’s become too active these days!) and I’m really hooked. All of the instructors at Pilates Plus Physio are amazing, the workouts are really effective and I am sure that pilates had a lot to do with my quick recovery post pregnancy and for getting back into shape within months of my baby being born
My husband and I have set up a Sunshine Fund to support the charity Bliss, which supports families with premature and sick babies in neonatal intensive care in the UK. We got lots of support from them while we were in Germany and also when we came back, and therefore we decided to set this up to celebrate the life of our son. So if you can support with anything that you are able to, please know that it will go directly to help families with premature and sick babies. Thank you very much!
For Marcela’s full Birth story see the link below: