"I first started Pilates when I was 27 weeks pregnant with my third child. I was hoping it would help with the birth and my stomach muscles. I also thought it might help with my pelvic floor muscles even though I thought I was a lost cause.
In my early twenties I got a urinary infection and as a result had sudden urge to urinate and had very little control. When I give birth to my first child I tried to do the exercises but I felt my pelvic floor had been weakened further. When I had my second child I took up jogging to get fit and I realised just how weak my bladder was. On my third pregnancy, it got out of control all altogether. If I coughed or sneezed I would leak and I was constantly conscious not to be far from a toilet at any time. I was resigned to the fact that I would have surgery to rectify the issue after the baby was born, as I felt I was too young to be incontinent.
I started Pilates with Alison and within 5 weeks I couldn’t believe the difference it made to me. For the first time in more than 15 years, I had gained control of my pelvic floor muscles even though the baby was putting further pressure on them. I had learned how they worked and the anxiety of leaking has been alleviated. I will be signing up for postnatal classes and I feel there will be no need for surgery. I have recommended to my few friends who have confided that they have similar issues, and I can’t recommend them highly enough it has helped me so much. I’m very thankful to Alison and I’m raging I didn’t do her Pilates earlier in my life."