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The information being shared in this post is based upon my own experiences and should not be taken as medical or professional advice. Please speak to a medical professional before making changes to or beginning a prenatal exercise regime.
A number of weeks ago, I wrote about my thoughts on prenatal exercise. Luckily, through the majority of my pregnancy, I’ve been able to continue to workout; although, being 27 weeks pregnant, my stamina has definitely slowed down and that’s why I mainly focus on workouts that are designed specifically for pregnancy because they’re much more gentle on the pregnant body. So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite prenatal workouts with you.
This is the first prenatal workout DVD I purchased after reading Kim’s review of this workout on her blog. It quickly turned into one of my favorites and is one that I do at least once or twice a week. It’s my first introduction to the Barre method, which by the way, I’m loving. It’s gentle enough for pregnancy, but quite effective. I definitely feel it by the end of the DVD and the next day.
It’s broken up into four segments – Lean Lower Body, Slim Upper Body & Core, Cardio Sculpt and Aligned Stretch. Each of these segments are approximately 20 minutes long with the exception of the stretching segment which is approximately 10 minutes. I’ll either do the entire DVD or sometimes I just do two or three of the segments depending on how I’m feeling. The only equipment needed is a chair, a mat and a light set of dumbbells.
Prenatal yoga has really been a life saver for me throughout my pregnancy so far. I get stiff easily and my muscles and joints can get very achy, so I need to do lots and lots of stretching to ease the discomfort. Yoga is perfect for that! I attend a local prenatal yoga class at least once a week. You know I’m a fan of group fitness, so I love being in that type of setting, plus it’s great to connect with some other moms to be. The instructor is very knowledgeable and really tailors the class to our needs. She asks us every week what we’re feeling and about our ailments, and based on our responses, she’ll incorporate moves that help to relieve lower back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, etc.
If I can’t get to the class or need some additional yoga sessions during the week, I’ve found several YouTube videos that I’ve really been enjoying. The first one can be found HERE and the second one can be found HERE.
Whether I go to the prenatal yoga class or do one of the YouTube videos, after I’ve completed my session my body always feels so much better and much more limber than before I started. And in addition to stretching, I also love the focus on relaxation and breathing. Being stressed is the last thing you want during pregnancy, so yoga definitely helps calm the mind.
This DVD is the newest in my collection of prenatal workouts and so far I’m very pleased with it. This is a non-impact workout that focuses on fusion movements based on dance, Pilates and yoga. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that my fitness level isn’t where it used to be or what, but honestly, I find this workout to be quite challenging – in a good way of course. You will definitely feel the burn!
You use your own body weight, so no equipment is needed expect a mat if you’re working out on a hard surface. It’s broken up into three segments – a standing routine, a mat routine and a stretching routine, which leads right into relaxation segment where you can meditate and enjoy the calming music. The DVD also includes a bonus postnatal Pilates mat workout that focuses on strengthening and toning your abs after baby (obviously, I haven’t tried that routine yet).
I discovered Jessica’s YouTube channel while searching for prenatal workout DVDs and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she offered 3 full length prenatal routines. The first is a 20-Minute Low Impact Prenatal Cardio Workout, which I like to combine with the 20-Minute Prenatal Total Body Strength Workout and the 15-Minute Prenatal Total Body Stretch Routine. All of these routines are low impact, but will raise that heart rate to a safe level for pregnancy. The only equipment needed is a mat and a light set of dumbbells for the strength routine.
I’ve only tried the prenatal routines so far and seeing as I’ve really enjoyed them, I look forward to giving her other workouts a try after the babies are born. She has quite a variety of workouts and has released several DVDs, so there’s something for everyone even if you’re not pregnant.
And last, but not least, this a workout DVD that was lent to me by one of my co-workers. It’s tailored for all aspects of your pregnancy, and focuses on strength, “perfect pregnancy posture” as well as reshaping your body after baby is born. The first segment is 5 minutes in length and focuses on breathing and core awareness, then there is a 20 minute cardio workout, which is adapted for all three trimesters as well as two 20 minute toning segments for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. And finally, there is a bonus 10 minutes bounce back workout that focuses on ab training. The only equipment needed is a mat, a chair and a light set of dumbbells for the toning routines.
You can easily do one of the workouts or all three depending on your fitness level for that day. This DVD is very low impact and, in my opinion, not overly challenging; however, it works perfectly for days when I want to move my body, but I’m feeling tired or just not feeling myself.
And for more awesome prenatal workout ideas, be sure and check out Brittany’s post where she shares some of her favorites as well!
What’s your favorite prenatal workout?
Have you ever tried the Barre method?
Are you a fan of yoga?