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My 5 Favorite Pregnancy Workouts

I’ve never been a gym rat, we even have a membership to a gym where the average age of members is about 75 and I’m still scared to go. Then I got pregnant and my body got big and weird and heck NO I’m not going to attempt to workout in front of strangers!

So as always, I did it the haphazard way and started workout out at home, watching YouTube. For like 10 minutes. So if I can do it, you can too.

(On the days I don’t do one of these I take a nice long walk until the mosquitoes get me, I take my husband along for bait because they love him more even though my blood volume has almost doubled…guess they didn’t get the memo!)

I like variety so I have 5 different types of workouts here, feel free to go with what you enjoy! All of these are on YouTube but I’ve added non-YouTube suggestions too.

**ALWAYS double check with your doctor before working out, every pregnancy is different and you may need to make adjustments for your body!

ps. If you buy through any of these links, I get a teeny bit of money to start stocking up on diapers and boring stuff like that, just so you know. πŸ™‚

Prenatal Pilates – light weights optional (1-2lbs)

This is a great workout for strengthening, I try to rotate it in every week or two. This video is 55 minutes because I’m pretty sure it’s the full dvd. Here’s where you can buy it if you feel guilty about that like me…

Prenatal Strength Workout – Medium weights usually needed (5-8lbs)

I love strength workouts, they make me actually think about which muscles I’m engaging, especially during pregnancy! This is a good basic workout. I also like following Kristin Andrus’ workouts which I modify for what my body can handle since she’s clearly not pregnant. Just listen to your body!

Barre Workouts – Light handweights usually needed (1-2lbs)

I’m a big fan of barre while pregnant! This is the type of workout I did most during my first trimester. I didn’t find a ton that I LOVED on Youtube so I ended up buying Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre  and BarreAmped Prenatal Sleek & Toned Prenatal Workout

Targeted Workouts – No equipment needed; weights sometimes optional

I’ll throw in a targeted workout occasionally when I’m feeling self conscious about my thighs or butt. πŸ˜‰ Plus, if you’re new to working out, it may help you focus on technique in one area and give you exercises you can do on your own with or without a DVD/video guiding you! For instance, I often take arm exercises with weights and just do them while I watch TV, not a specific workout time but I sneak it in ;).

Bodyweight Workout – No Equipment Needed!

This one needs no gear at all. The baby is bodyweight enough πŸ˜‰ And I really appreciate that she is super pregnant while filming this because it feels very realistic and like if she can do it, so can I!

So go forth and be fit! It’s easier than you think, πŸ˜‰