Pilates is a great form of exercise that so many people are doing. Once pregnant it would make sense to continue the practice of pilates for exercise. But it's such a great workout that many women find pilates for the first time in pregnancy. These fitness DVDs can be your guides to pregnancy pilates for all nine months.
"Knocked-Up Fitness is a new method designed to help keep expecting moms active and fit through all stages of pregnancy." Created by Erica Ziel, a Master Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer and mother of three. Ziel shows moms-to-be prepare for labor and birth by strengthening their bodies. Though this is just as amazing after the baby is born! There are five different workouts that you can mix and match, making boredom a thing of the past when doing home workouts. One review said, "I loved the energy, it was so real and not just someone trying to sell you something. She actually seems to like working out! That made it fun."
Lizbeth Garcia does this quick and dirty series of videos for pregnancy. It has multiple workouts for variety, but keep in mind that she doesn't give variations for beginners or advancing trimesters, so work at your own pace and modify as needed. This may include avoiding the core work outs after 20 weeks or talking to your practitioner. Even with this, there are five other workout on this DVD, including a postpartum section.
Jennifer Gianni leads this pregnancy pilates workout. This has been described as a great workout video for beginners to pilates. There are instructions on how to make modifications for each trimester, as well as how to protect your pelvic floor. This is a longer work out at about 50 minutes. The end does include about a 10 minute relaxation, which you could skip for time if needed. Or you can use it to help you chill out after your workout.
This DVD is lead by instructor PJ O'Clair. The workout is about 30 minutes long, though the DVD is about 45 minutes long. The level of intensity is on the lower side, making it perfect for beginners. You'll need to have your own birth ball and exercise band to do all of the exercises. Some moms even say they need to avoid certain parts of the DVD in the third trimester because their belly is in the way!