Now that I have my energy back in the second trimester of pregnancy, I am trying to stay devoted to workouts. My current routine as of now? 3 days per week running intervals on the treadmill, 2 days a week of the Tracey Anderson prenatal DVDs, and at least 1 Pure Barre class a week (as my work schedule allows).
Luckily, Pure Barre Deerfield is super close to work and the staff there is super friendly. When I told the studio manager I was pregnant a few months ago, she demo’ed all the pregnancy modifications for class and gave me a nice reference handout too. I’ve heard great things from fellow Pure Barre fanatics that it is great for pregnancy, and I believe it!
Many people will tell you that during pregnancy you shouldn’t workout your core. But firing up your abs during pregnancy helps when it comes time for labor (fingers crossed). During pregnancy, your center of gravity is off balance due to your growing belly and baby. Keeping a strong core during pregnancy not only helps prevent injury, but it also keeps you balanced and stable, and helps get your body back in shape once you deliver. As for me, I always modify the moves based on what my body needed that day. When the instructor called for leg raises or crunches, I kept myself in boat pose and grabbed behind my knees and tucked away. I’ll also put a ball under my lower back for extra support and try to avoid twisting moves. I was still able to workout my core, but without the strain on my lower abdominal muscles.
I’m also keeping my arms toned, but avoid the twisting moves and have opted for less heavy hand weights. And at this point, nearly all the thigh/seat work is very doable for me…I just know not to push it like I would if I wasn’t pregnant.
Another thought: strong thighs are also essential part to a healthy pregnancy and smooth labor. I’ve heard that pregnancy is like training for the biggest marathon of your life. Following the modifications provided by the Pure Barre instructors, I’ve been able to work my core just enough to maintain it’s strength and work my thighs to keep my pelvic floor lifted and toned… Win win!
Don’t live close to a Pure Barre studio or don’t want to leave your house during the cold, snowy winter days? Did you know that Pure Barre has a line of prenatal DVDs? My Mom got me one for Christmas and I am excited to try it out!
And through January 7th, get a 20% discount on all DVDs & DVD packages with code “PURERESOLUTIONS” at checkout on the Pure Barre website!
Any tips for taking Pure Barre while pregnant? Tell me in the comments!
Please note: I am not a medical professional by any means, so these are just my opinions! Always, always listen to your body.
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I love this! I took Bar Method classes up until I was 36 weeks, and I only stopped because we moved:( But I completely agree with you 100% – barre classes are awesome during pregnancy, and I started at Pure Barre at two weeks post-partum. When I went for my 6 week check-up, my doctor said I probably avoided a lot of common pregnancy/pp issues because of the barre:) I hope the same holds true for you, too!
I can totally see how your doctor would attribute that to barre! My only issue is that my lower back is getting really sore afterwards (I think the leg exercises at the barre, etc. are doing it). And 2 weeks post partum?! Dannnng girl! Hoping I can stick with it…such great benefits!
Laura@ Fit Running Mama says
I stuck with the Dailey Method until about week 15/16 but then scheduling and exhaustion got in the way- I have not been back since. I have done the video at home a few times and look forward to returning post baby! I miss it SO much an wish I could have been one of those people who did it all the way through… sadly I couldn’t
That’s been the hard thing for me- fitting it in with my work schedule, the cold/dark winter days and my general exhaustion! Hoping to go as long as I can…just trying to cope with some lower back pain! We will have to hit up class together post baby for sure!
Hi! I just found your post as I’m just about into the 2nd trimester and not sure what type of modifications I should be doing in Pure Barre, my instructors didn’t show me sadly! I do modify crunches but how about planks?
Thanks for reading Rachel and congratulations! For plank, you can drop to one or both knees to take the pressure off your wrists. Another option is to keep your legs extended but press your forearms on the floor. But as your bump grows, that could be a bit more tricky!
Thanks Valerie! I’m at a new Pure Barre studio and I’m not sure they’ve had a ton of pregnant women in the studio yet so it’s sort of unchartered waters. I’ve taken barre elsewhere for years and seen plenty of pregnant women but I didn’t pay attention to what they were doing! Your post makes me feel better that I’m not just being overly cautious by modifying the abs portion!