In this section we will be recommending the best pregnancy workout DVD in accordance to your experience level. The chances are that if you are a fitness freak – you would not need this advice as you would have already decided on your approach based on guidance from other people who have gone through this. Also chances are that you are part of a fitness program that has options for pregnant women.
If you do not belong to the earlier category and you were never the type to workout, then now may not seem the right time to start. But I can assure you that the benefits of working out are undeniable, especially when you are pregnant. But it should be done carefully if you have never been used to do this. I may be saying something that everybody knows but I will go ahead and list out the benefits that you can expect.
- Common knowledge suggests that exercise promotes blood flow in the body which leads to increased flow to the baby as well.
- Exercise enhances relaxation and eases tension – leading to less discomfort from aches and pains.
- Strengthens the body and builds endurance for labor and delivery.
- Building a habit for exercise allows you to get into a routine of exercise even after childbirth which allows you to get back easily to pre-pregnancy weight and fitness level.
- Even if you are starting out, you can look for routines that are more suited for beginners.
Now that you know it is necessary, my recommendation would be to join exercise and yoga classes taught by trained experts in your vicinity. If that is not possible, the next best thing would be to opt for DVDs that are just right for you.
What should you be looking for in your workout DVD
- If you are not into working out regularly prior to pregnancy, choose only the low intensity workouts.
- Look for workouts that just feel right and can be adjusted according to the stage of your pregnancy
- Avoid newly launched DVDs which have only a few reviews on Amazon as these might be untested and could be dangerous.
- Look for reviews regarding the voiceovers or any quirks or annoyances that people might be pointing out about the performers. All of these can be important in this period of your life.
This DVD is split up into five 10 minute workouts, which you can do individually or combine for a longer workout. The five segments are:
- Standing Pilates– Usage of weights to strengthen your arms, abs and legs, focusing on a range of movements.
- Pilates for Buns and Thighs– This is targeted at the lower body and is a mat workout.
- Core Pilates– Traditional pilates core moves are modified to accommodate pregnant woman’s needs. You might need to use a pillow, bolster or wedge is necessary.
- Total Body Pilates– Uses light weights again but is mostly mat work as opposed to standing work. Great for working your total body.
- Pilates for Flexibility– A nice stretch to lengthen out your muscles and relieve any tiredness or soreness.
Intensity: Low and that is the reason this is perfect for beginners or those who prefer to focus on strengthening the areas necessary to ensure healthy pregnancy. If you are a beginner I would suggest you get started from first trimester itself. Would not be advisable to start this regimen in the second or third trimester if you have never done pilates before.
You could either buy the DVD or stream it on Amazon Video.
The reason I picked this one initially was the overwhelmingly positive reviews that I saw on Amazon. And indeed, I was really satisfied with the workout. People might be familiar with Suzanne Bowen as the creator of the BarreAmped method -which is influenced by classical and modern dance and infuses insights from pilates, yoga and orthopaedic stretching.
This may or may not be your go to workout during normal times but is definitely the best prenatal workout that I have seen. Its a no impact exercise and does not stress your joints, and can be easily customized for any level of fitness and trimester. The special focus on glute health is especially beneficial for the pelvic floor health – which as you know is critical. In addition it gets to the point pretty quickly and does not get annoying on repeat viewing.
Intensity – Moderate. Not recommended if you want more intense workouts or if you are new.
If you are a hardcore fitness fanatic and had an effective workout regime in place prior to pregnancy, then this is the one workout DVD that I would recommend. Karyne Steben, of Cirque de Soleil fame covers all main muscle groups, lower body, abs, back, side-body, in very safe and effective ways.
Intensity: Medium to High and that is the reason I would not recommend it to most pregnant women. But if you are looking for something with more intensity than the ones I have highlighted, then this is the one.
Here are some of the others that are available in the market that are generally recommended and may suit you
- Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique- Prenatal Workout with Complete Pregnancy Training Plan – Good combination of Cardio and Sculpting but could do with a little longer cardio section
- Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy – This is great for beginners and moms who are not used to exercising before pregnancy. Also some moms want to be extra cautious and this one is definitely recommended. 10 yr old stuff but works.
So these are my recommendations for the best pregnancy workout dvd. Is there any workout DVD that I have missed? If so please add your suggestions in the comments section.