I know that getting to a gym isn't happening for me right now, so in an effort to stay fit I've been doing these workout videos at home. I do think there is something to be said about corporate workouts, because you definitely push yourself more, but if you don't have that option either...

Here are some tried and true prenatal workout dvds:

  • Getty heiress Anna Getty's Pre and Post Prenatal Yoga Workout is a good place to start. Anna is extremely calming, as are her routines which helps prepare mothers for a gently and peaceful birth experience. Bonus: Mark Ruffalo's wife, Sunrise, makes an appearance.

  • You know, there's something to be said about Denise Austin's perkiness. I remember workin' it out with her in middle school. That lady hasn't aged! Her Fit and Firm Pregnancy DVD combines strength training and cardio and when I do both sections together, I feel like I get a really good workout!

  • Shiva Rea's Prenatal Yoga is a great way to unwind and stretch and I really like the combination of floor and standing work, the only thing I have to get past are the floor length unitards. I mean, who thought that was a good idea?

    Tracy Anderson, trainer to the stars, is so hardcore. I tried to do her post pregnancy dvd after Matilda and struggled. She's definitely doing something right, though. This is a little video she put together for Fit Sugar. I love that she's pregnant in it and that it focuses on tonin' the rear.

    What are your go-to prenatal workout dvds?

    As always consult your doctor before attempting any of these workouts.


    1. I am a big fan of yoga...I am almost 19 weeks along and still taking my normal yoga classes (with some modifications, of course). I also have the shiva rea prenatal yoga dvd that I do every now and then. I love how calming it is! But those unitards are something, aren't they?? I thought the same thing the first time I watched it! :)

      1. congrats erin! i love yoga too. it just makes you feel so good. i feel so much better afterwards! i wish i was able to get to a class. i should make that a priority. oh and yes the unitards are something indeed. yikes!

    2. Nicole Wrathell ElliottJune 6, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      I used the Shia Rea DVD my entire pregnancy. I love how seamless and easy it was to follow the different difficulty levels as Ruby (and I) grew. It was also my go-to for postnatal recovery and easing back into things.

      I was also fortunate enough to live super close to my school's free gym (with a HUGE pool), so I went swimming as often as I could.

    3. I do Shiva Rea's video almost daily, and I also cannot get over the floor length unitards. I will say, however, that my butt looks better than it did (even) pre-pregnancy. Ha.

    4. proud of you for working out!! i can't give you an go-to advice for pg working out because i didn't do a blessed thing when i was pg with elle but stuff my face. i have vowed my next pregnancy i will not be soooo lazy :). we shall see

    5. This is a little video she put together for Fit Sugar. I love that she's pregnant in it and that it focuses on tonin' the rear.


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