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Pilates Helps Drop Baby Weight

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:42 PM EDT
 If you recently had a baby and want to get rid of the "mommy middle", a few new moms say a combo-pilates workout is working for them.
They are almost back to pre-baby weight.
Medical Reporter Liz Bonis explains how they got there in todays Medical Edge.
When Emily Dixon and Melissa Anderson recently decided it was time to lose the baby weight they turned to Jessica Heizman.

Heizman runs Reform Your Core Pilates and says when it comes to why it works...

"Pilates is a series of exercises that focuses on using the core muscles to strengthen and stretch all the muscles of the entire body."

The core or center of your body is pretty relaxed after childbirth. Dixon recently gave birth to Aannalise, who's now nine months old,  and already has Alexis who is 3 years old.

Emily Dixon, Mother:
"The more pregnancies you have the quicker your belly pops and the quicker your abdominal muscles stretch out."

Anderson found that out, too.

Her third baby, Brayde, is now 8 months old.

Melissa Anderson, Mother:
"I feel like it's been taking a lot more work for this one to get back to where I was."

So, both women now have been doing pilates on mats or reformer machines at least 1 to 2 days a week for the past three months.

"And while the tendency is to want to work only in the middle when it comes to losing the mommy middle, you really can't spot reduce, so that's why you need to work these other areas, such as arms and legs for a total body workout."

What works, however, is what they've also done in between home work, Heizman calls it, floor exercises such as knee hovers gently work the mommy middle and so to these gentle knee raises.

Push ups give you back your ability to easily lift the baby, which helps the mommy middle, too.
Dixon is already back to pre-baby weight.
Anderson almost there... not bad considering...

Anderson: "yeah, I gained like 50 pounds."

How much do you have to do of this combo workout to lose the mommy middle?

"After 10 sessions you'll feel a difference, after 20 sessions you'll see a difference, and after 30 sessions you'll have a whole new body."

As Jessica Heizman knows, you may even have a better one!
After Avery and Baily were born, she too has had to lose the mommy middle. At Reform Your Core Pilates in Mason, Liz Bonis, Local 12 News.

You can take pilates classes for as little as 20 dollars each.
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