Pre/Postnatal Pilates

Belly’s Prenatal Program

One of the most physically challenging times in a woman’s life is pregnancy, labor and delivery. It is essential that a woman’s body is physically prepared for this experience. The strength and function of your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles is vital in supporting a growing baby and keeping it in an optimal position for labor and delivery. These same core muscles will aid in your rebuilding strength after delivery. Fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans may be a goal, but if you are suffering from discomfort it can hinder your recovery.

Expecting mom with weak core, excessive curve in low back and upper back and baby in less than optimal alignment for delivery.A weak inactive core can cause common pregnancy discomforts, like; low back pain, pelvic floor prolapse, upper back pain, hip pain, sciatica, pelvic floor weakness and diastasis recti. You can help avoid these discomforts if you properly prepare then maintain the strength of your body and its core muscles with safe and effective exercises.

During pregnancy, as the baby grows, if you have a weak abdominal wall, the uterus can shift forward further stretching the connective tissue. This will place the baby at an angle instead of directly in line with the birth canal.

Expecting mom with strong active core, holding baby up and in and aligning well with birth canal

With a strong active core, you will be able to lift the baby up and in, which will rest baby in an optimal alignment for delivery.

Belly’s Prenatal Classes help you gain the strength you need to develop optimal spinal alignment through good body mechanics with core training.  We will help eliminate upper back, neck, and hip pain. We will help you stabilize the pelvis to prevent injury.

We will teach you what most prenatal fitness classes do not:

  • how to safely and effectively maintain the strength of your abdominals and pelvic floor
  • how to prevent or heal a diastasis
  • how to move effectively during labor thus reducing labor time… now who doesn’t want that???
  • how to use your abdominal to assist in the pushing stage

Belly Pilates will teach you how to recover after a vaginal birth as well as a c-section. Did you know there are movements you can do to help heal a C- section scar and expedite your recovery?

We are dedicated to helping women during their pregnancy, labor, delivery and well into their postpartum recovery!

Belly’s Postpartum Program 

diastasis imageWe Specialize in the Treatment of Diastasis…Do You Have Diastasis Recti? During Pregnancy? Postpartum? Do You Know that There are Exercises that Will Prevent Diastasis and Help Treat this Condition?

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At Belly Pilates, we specialize in rebuilding the internal corset muscles of the body – the Transverse. This muscle is the deepest of the abdominals and is considered a “core” muscle. It supports our organs, improves posture, stabilizes the spine and pelvis, heals Diastasis Recti and improve intestinal function. We educate our clients how the body was designed to function and then helping them correct muscle imbalances in both their everyday activities, as well as, in other fitness experiences.

Diastasis is a common condition which presents as a “Mommy Belly”. Do you still look pregnant? This protruding belly also contributes towards low back pain, a risk of hernia and overall weakness of your “core”. If this gap does not heal and “close” you will also be at risk of injury.  It is common for a diastasis to be related to digestive track issues, menstrual cycle issue, and pelvic floor problems including stress incontinence (a little pee-pee on the moon bounce, coughing, sneezing, laughing, running… hmmmm???).

Healing your diastasis and rehabilitating your core will affect your entire body. After delivery, closing the gap will help you have a flat belly, a smaller waist and alleviate common aches and pains, like those associated with back and hip problems.

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Please Note: Registration required for all classes

  • You must call to pre-register for all sessions/classes @ Belly Pilates.
  • Credit Card charge for the class is required to reserve your spot. Refund for +48hrs cancellation.
  • 48hr cancellation or full session/class will be charged.
  • Cash, Checks and Credit Cards accepted. Credit Cards are subject to 2.5%/3.0% transaction fee.
  • Arrive 10 min early to fill out paperwork. All clients must be pre-approved to exercise from their health care provider.
  • All sessions are 50-60 minutes in length.
  • 2 person in each class to move forward. Class schedule subject to change.
  • No refunds for packages purchased.
  • Please turn off all phones- We ask that you help us maintain a focused & peaceful environment by not bringing cell phones into a group class. We understand that this my be hard for new mommies but please understand that there are safety issues and we need to be respectful of others in class… AND after all, you deserve some quality time to concentrate on yourselves!

Pre-Crawler Infants Welcome in ALL Belly Pilates Sessions!

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Fall Schedule

Mondays

Pre/Postnatal Mat            11:00a

Pilates Reformer               10:00a, 12:30p

Prenatal Yoga                     6:00p

Tuesdays

Pre/Postnatal Mat           1:00p, 6:00p

Pilates Reformer              12:00p, 2:30p, 7:00p, 8:00p

Postpartum Yoga             12:00p

Wednesdays

Pilates Reformer               9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a, 12:30p

         Mommy & Me Yoga          10:00a


Thursdays

Pilates Reformer              12:30p, 6:30p, 7:30p

Saturdays

Pre/Postnatal Mat            11:30a

Pilates Reformer               9:00a, 10:30a, 12:30p

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Prenatal Mat/Ball Pilates Class

Single Class – $28

5 class package – $125     /     10 class package – $230

Classes are small and intimate so that you receive individual attention.

This class is suited for all stages of Pregnancy but is most effective in the last trimester because it:

  • teaches the mother how to keep her baby in the optimal birthing position
  • reviews birthing positions and exercises which can be done immediately following the birth
  • encourages pelvic mobility while promoting spinal stabilization
  • aids in relieving back ache or pelvic pressure
  • gently & safely prepare your body for the rigors of labor
  • continues to strengthen the abdominal muscles and help prevent diastasis recti

Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.

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Postpartum Mat
Mommy ‘n Me Pilates Classes

(All classes at Belly Pilates are Mommy ‘n Me. Pre-crawlering babies welcome in all classes)

Single Class – $28
5 class package – $125   /   10 class package $230

mom with baby for infant massage

Don’t leave your newborn at home or with a sitter.  Bring your angel with you to this nurturing class. This class is recommended for mothers who are at least 4 wks postpartum or mothers who are new to exercise. You DO NOT have to WAIT 6 WEEKS Postpartum to participate in this CLASS. The exercises Practiced are body conditioning exercises that are OB/GYN approved. The sooner you start the sooner your body will respond with tone muscles.
In this class we will:

  • Teach you how to repair your diastasis and close the gap!
  • Practice the fundamentals of efficient abdominal engagement through breath & focus.
  • Challenge you with exercises that will make you feel that you have belly muscles again.
  • Build strength in the lower back and arms
  • Teach you the importance of “everyday” movements & the “Do’s and Do not” exercises are discussed so moms can practice at home with baby.
  • Help you feel empowered as your take charge of your body
  • Improve your overall health & fitness level

Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.

Purchase your Postpartum package during your pregnancy so you can  strengthen and tone your poor battered belly.

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Pilates Reformer Classes For Pregnant & Postpartum Moms

Single Class – $38
5 class package  – $180   /   10 session package – $330

This class is class is ideal for those who want to maintain the strength they have built pre-pregnancy or those mothers who are at least 5 weeks postpartum.  This class encourages appropriate TvA strengthening and will FLATTEN the postpartum Belly. We will build strength in your arms while allowing your body to have the flexibility it needs to stay balanced and toned.

If you are pregnant or newly postpartum, you should NOT participate in regular classic Pilates reformer classes. Belly Pilates reformer classes are UNIQUE. We have the ONLY  Pilates Reformer Class in the TRI-STATE AREA SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to address the needs of the prenatal and postpartum mother.
In this class, we will:

  • Encourage correct abdominal and pelvic floor contractions to help prevent diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). These Exercises will strengthen the muscle that helps expel baby during delivery and flattens the Belly after delivery.
  • Excludes all positions & exercises that are contraindicated for your condition.  i.e.: Flexion of the torso exercises (like the Pilates 100) is NOT recommended for prenatal & recently postpartum clients or those who have not yet strengthened their bellies & may have a diastisis.
  • Making appropriate modifications to adapt to your changing body. We will keep you SAFE, repair your body and rebuild strength!
Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.
Click here for full Belly Pilates Schedule

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Private Pilates Sessions

Single Session – $80
5 session package – $375    /    10 private sessions – $700

Intimate, personalized instruction.

Do You want to Correct a Diastasis Recti?
Incontinence?
Want a Flat Belly? Find you can’t lose your Mommy Belly no matter how hard or long you’ve worked at it?

Private sessions are a great way for a pregnant or postpartum mother to help address concerns, alleviate common discomforts and gain the confidence she needs to carry her pregnancy with strength or regain power over her new postpartum body.

WHY? Because we will educate you while providing a safe and effective workout. You will leave feeling empowered with knowledge about what exercises are most appropriate for YOUR body, which exercises will strengthen you and which exercises to avoid.
Kelly McBride, owner of Belly Pilates, along with being a Certified Pilates instructor in 4 Pilates Methods, is also a CLD (Certified Labor Doula), Childbirth Educator and Postpartum Doula. She has the knowledge to keep you safe throughout your Pregnancy. She specializes in women who have Diastasis Recti, undergone IFV, who are carrying multiples who have limited movement due to bed rest or physical limitations.
  • For the Postpartum Mother – Learn why your belly hasn’t flattened – Perhaps you are not engaging the CORRECT muscles? We will teach you how to find stronger, firmer abdominal muscles. We offer body conditioning exercises to help build a leaner, toner body.
  • For the pregnant Mother – Manage & prevent common pregnancy and labor discomforts & injuriesPhiladelphia Private Pilates Sessions

Please arrive 10 minutes early for your 1st session to fill out paperwork.

Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.


Fitness/PILATES At-Home or Hospital Visits Rates
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At home appointments are scheduled on Fridays.
Main Line Area – $100 per session or $90 pre session for 5 session pkg.
Center City – $125 per session or $115 per session for 5  session pkg.
Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.

Duet Pilates Packages

Single Session – $55 per person
5 session package – $240 per person

Please call  610.608.5883 or kelly@bellypilates.com to schedule.

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Price Saving Packages For Moms

From The Beginning Prenatal Packageparents_group_site_354_w640

  • One  evaluation session
  • Ten private sessions
  • Ten  prenatal reformer classes
  • Ten  prenatal mat/ball class

Total – $1220.00       (save – $120.00)

2nd/3rd Trimester Prenatal Belly Package

Classes for pregnant and new moms on the Main Line near Philadelhia

  • One  evaluation session
  • Five  private sessions
  • Five  prenatal reformer classes
  • Five  prenatal mat/ball class

Total – $700.00        (save – $ 60.00)

Nurture Your Belly Postpartum Package

  • One At-home session
  • Ten  private sessions
  • Five  reformer classes
  • Five  mom & me mat classes

Total - $1,000.00        ( save – $100.00)

Lose Your Belly/Find Your Core Postpartum Package

Philadelphia Private Pilates Sessions

  • Two At-Home sessions
  • Ten private sessions
  • Ten  reformer classes
  • Ten  mommy & me mat classes

Total - $1300.00        (save – $ 125.00) 

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