Fertile and Fit: Best Prenatal Workout Tools
Originally posted by Amy Tara Koch on bumpitupstyle.com
Fudge, not fitness, is usually top of mind when you are pregnant.
But, let me tell you from experience, exercise makes a huge impact on how you gain the baby weight. I hardly exercised in my first pregnancy and the 42 preggo pounds were scattered generously from my rump to my chipmunk cheeks. But, by the time #2 came around, I was a Pilates addict. Pre-natal pilates kept my metabolism firing and my body toned. I gained the exact same amount but—drumroll—only in the bottom part of my bod (see pic). Can’t get to the gym? Here are a spate of excellent apps and DVDS to help you stay fit whilst fertile.
Amy eight months pregnant!
PRENATAL YOGA $0.99 For iPhone, iPad, iPod touch For Blackberry ($2.99) “The benefits of practicing prenatal yoga for pregnant women are endless. Yoga increases strength, flexibility and promotes relaxation. Prenatal Yoga is a great way to prepare for the birthing process as well as enjoy pregnancy term. Pregnancy yoga is divided into trimesters lasting three months each.”
PILATES FOR PREGNANCY—COMPLETE $9.99 For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch ” The Pilates for Pregnancy application is broken into 3 different workouts that have been modified to meet the needs and limitations of each trimester. This application is a tremendous value, giving you all 3 workouts in 1 app! You will be asked to enter your due date. Pilates and Pregnancy – Complete opens up the appropriate workout, notes and to do lists for your trimester of pregnancy. You will go from a more rigorous workout in your 1st trimester, to modifying the exercises with an easy to build incline in your 2nd trimester, to focusing on relaxation, leg, butt and arm strength in your 3rd trimester.”
WHAT TO EXPECT-PREGNANCY TRACKER Free For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch “Track your pregnancy week-by-week, and more, with this free app companion to What to Expect When You’re Expecting and WhatToExpect.com. It’s all here – everything you need, right now, at your fingertips: * Due date calculator * Week-by-week details on your baby’s amazing growth and development * Weekly baby illustrations * Updates on your changing body * Slideshow of your belly pictures * Countdown to your due date!”
GABBY REECE: THE COMPLETE FIT AND HEALTHY PREGNANCY $60 (price varies) “This DVD covers all 3 trimesters consisting of nine 15 minute exercises that are safe for women during their pregnancy as well as a warm up and cool down As a bonus, three- 15 minute exercises for women post- pregnancy complete with warm up and cool down have been included.”
Amy Tara Koch is the author of Bump It Up: Transform Your Pregnancy into the Ultimate Style Statement
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