3 of the best exercise classes during pregnancy
Promote a healthy body and toned muscles with celebrity fitness expert Mary Helen Bowers’ Baby Ballet – aspecialised spin on her Ballet Beautiful workout. Online streaming means you can exercise anywhere using this combination of challenging prenatal-specific exercises Bowers designed during her own pregnancy.
Practicing Pilates during the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy (in the first weeks, you may feel too tired and nauseous) will strengthen your core muscles,and improve posture, circulation and wellbeing. It will also strengthen pelvic floor muscles, reduce backache and relieve joint strain, meaning that, with the assistance of a skilled instructor, you can practice right up until your baby is due.
Swimming is a great way to exercise when you’re pregnant – water takes pressure off joints and its buoyancy will make you feel lighter, making it a gentler way to work out. Mix up your laps with a prenatal aqua yoga class – the stretching and breathing techniques will aid relaxation and help prepare your body for birth.
Words by Emily Taylor