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6 Reasons to Stay Fit During Your Pregnancy

Almost all women can, and should, take part in about 30 minutes of moderate to light exercise per day. There are so many reasons why women should continue to exercise once they become pregnant, so we’ve picked out the top 6 benefits that will come from a good workout during your pregnancy.

  1. Energy Booster

It seems like since you have been pregnant, you always feel more tired than usual. Light exercise can help boost your energy throughout the day because it strengthens both your muscles and your cardiovascular system, making both everyday chores or a day in the office easier.

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The Top Prenatal Studios And Classes Across The U.S.

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Courtesy of Prenatal Fit

Baby on board?  Being a fit mama-to-be not only makes you feel great, but  working out reduces pregnancy discomforts, and helps make birth and postpartum recovery easier.

We did a ton of research on the best prenatal studios and classes and found these to be totally fun and functional! These are your best bets for attending a class, and, if you’re outside one of these major metropolitan areas, you can just turn on Booya!

Boston: Prenatal Yoga @ Down Under Yoga
The Prenatal Yoga Class at Down Under Yoga is designed to teach breathing, ease tension, stretch and strengthen and promote relaxation.  Students say this class is just the right amount of challenge and that the skilled instructors offer modifications to create a custom experience.Down Under Yoga also offers childbirth education and mindful parenting classes.

Chicago: Prenatal Fit
Prenatal Fit offers a wide range of prenatal classes so you can choose the one that’s right for you: prenatal yoga, pilates, Zumba, barre, bootcamp and bellydance are all available. Students love that they’re still able to take the fitness classes they love throughout their pregnancy with instructors who are knowledgeable about providing modifications when needed and offering moves to help prepare the body for birth. New moms also love they can return to Prenatal Fit with their baby for Mommy & Me classes as well as take advantage of the babysitting services and participate in other Postnatal classes.

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Los Angeles: Two Hearts Yoga
Students love that the prenatal yoga offered at Two Hearts Yoga is a true workout that helps build strength. Baby & Me yoga is also offered so you can continue your practice after giving birth.

Miami: Prenatal Plus Yoga
Mothers-to-be heavily recommend Prenatal Plus Yoga. The yoga classes are taught to help improve flexibility and prepare the mind and body for birth. Students also love the number of workshops available such as infant massage and baby sign language birth.

Dallas: Uptown Yoga
Students of Uptown Yoga love that they can continue their yoga practice safely into their pregnancy with a Prenatal Yoga Class. Classes are kept small for individualized instruction and partner prenatal yoga is also available.

Washington: Push Prep @ Fuse Pilates
Students love how the instructors at Fuse Pilates are quick to offer modifications to ensure they get the best workout possible. Push Prep helps to strengthen the muscles necessary for labor while providing relaxation tips.

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Philadelphia: Mama’s Wellness Joint
Students love how comfortable they feel at Mama’s Wellness Joint, and that the yoga taught really embraces the spiritual aspect of yoga. In addition to prenatal yoga, Mama’s Wellness Joint also offers Prenatal circuit training and postpartum mommy and me classes.

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Atlanta: Oh Baby! Fitness
Oh Baby! Fitness offers a number of prenatal and postnatal classes including pilates, yoga, and toning. The prenatal water aerobics class is a favorite because the water makes you weightless, relieving much of the tension felt in pregnancy while helping you get a great workout. Students especially love the community of parents and parents-to-be.

Courtesy of Oh Baby! Fitness

Courtesy of Oh Baby! Fitness


Seattle:
Fit4Mom
Students love how Fit4Mom keeps them in shape. The Fit4Baby prenatal class consists of 60 minutes of cardio, strength, and balanced for a well-rounded workout. After baby, moms can try classes like Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre.

New York: Amanda Rose Wellness
Amanda Rose’s prenatal program includes both strength training and yoga to help prepare the body for labor. Amanda also has experience as a doula and is able to provide education about childbirth. Students really love how much Amanda truly care about the well-being of her students and that she incorporates all aspects of health into her teaching.

 

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6 Stretches to Master During Pregnancy

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As your body changes throughout pregnancy, your center of balance changes, which means that your muscles are working differently to support your body.  Understandably, this can lead to aches and pains.  Stretching regularly can not only help your muscles to better support your changing body, but can also help prepare you for labor.  Try practicing these stretches regularly throughout your pregnancy.

Yogi Squat (Malasana)

Desi Bartlett, Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Yoga Instructor, says that her favorite move from her DVD, Prenatal Yoga, is the yogi squat or malasana.  For this move, Desi says to sit in a deep squat, with your toes slightly turned out and your bottom nearly touching the floor.  If your heels are not able to touch the floor while in this position, Desi recommends putting a yoga block or pillow under your bottom for support. This one is especially great to help open your hips and prepare your body for labor and delivery.

Incorporate the Fit Mama Prenatal Workout into your stretching routine.

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