"Pilates saved me during my pregnancy and was hugely influential during my labor and delivery. I suffered from a lot of joint instability, especially in my pelvis during my second trimester and on. Working by myself and with my teachers helped me to function again. I used my breath and my prenatal Pilates practice to train my mind to be calm during labor, and was surprised at how familiar the "pushing" stage of labor was to my body because of the preparation I had done beforehand. A specialized prenatal Pilates program doesn't just help you 'stay in shape' during pregnancy-- it helps your body deal with the incredible changes that come with nurturing a baby and prepares you for the process of bringing that new life into the world."