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.

Strike a pose!

Are you a yoga master? Or a newbie thinking now might be the time to try? At Whole Life Yoga all levels are welcome, and no prior yoga experience is necessary to participate in their drop-in classes. Their prenatal yoga sessions use gentle postures and breathing exercises to help relieve pregnancy discomfort, restore energy, and relieve anxiety. And what mom doesn’t have a little increased anxiety while pregnant?

Benefits for Mom: Along with anxiety, yoga can help relieve back pain, sciatica, and nausea.

Whole Life Yoga
8551 Greenwood Ave., Suite 2
Seattle Wa 98103
Online: wholelifeyoga.com

Times: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-10:45a.m.; Thursdays, 6 p.m.-7:15p.m.; Saturdays, 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. No registration is needed for drop-in classes.

Cost: $15 for a single class, or purchase multi-class passes for a discounted rate.

 What is your favorite prenatal class? Let us know in a comment below. 

–Angela Alanis

Photo credits: Fit4Baby, Whole Life Yoga website, Seattle Holistic Center, Pure Barre Bellevue Facebook page, Valley Medical Center Fitness Center & Pilates on 10th