You already know there are many benefits to staying active throughout pregnancy, for both you and baby. But did you know that exercise can shorten labor and delivery? What mom doesn’t like the sound of that? If getting your tired, achy self to the gym or out for a walk is is easier said than done, perhaps having a class that you love might be the extra motivation you need. Click through the photo gallery for six prenatal fitness classes to keep you moving as well as make sure that bump stays more baby than burgers and ice cream.
Burn, baby, burn!
If you cringe at the idea of trading in your intense cardio and strength training for stretching and a yoga mat, Fit4Baby is the place for you. Classes are done in interval style, combining strength training, cardio, stretching, and balancing exercises that will make you sweat. Fit4Baby instructors are trained and certified so they are fully equipped to lead safe and appropriate exercises for women in every stage of pregnancy.
Benefits for Mom: Regular Fit4Baby classes can help ease aches and pains, increase energy, and may speed the labor and delivery process.
Extreme Fitness, 777 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $240 for two classes per week for eight weeks; register online.
FIT4MOM South Seattle
Lakewood Seward Park Community Club
4916 S. Angeline St.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Time: Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Cost: $90 for one class per week, plus one at home workout for 6 weeks; register online.
FIT4MOM Mill Creek & Lynnwood
Playdate Café - Tuesdays at 7 p.m
4114 198th St. S.W., Suite 3
Lynnwood, Wa 98036
babyGap - Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
3000 184th St. S.W.
Lynnwood, Wa, 98037
Cost: $150 for two classes per week for eight weeks. Class passes available from $75 to $125; register online.
12040 N.E. 128th St.
Kirkland, Wa, 98034
Time: Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Cost: $90 per 6 week session; register online.
FIT4MOM Ballard, Richmond Beach & Edmonds
Swedish Medical Center
5350 Tallman Ave. N.W.
Seattle, Wa 98107
Time: Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Saturdays at 9 a.m.
Cost: $120 for one class per week for 8 weeks; $220 for two classes per week for 8 weeks; register online.
What is your favorite prenatal class? Let us know in a comment below.
Photo credits: Fit4Baby, Whole Life Yoga website, Seattle Holistic Center, Pure Barre Bellevue Facebook page, Valley Medical Center Fitness Center & Pilates on 10th