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.

Rediscover your core

Don’t believe you have any abs left underneath that baby bump? Find them again during a prenatal Pilates class at Pilates on 10th. By toning your abdominal, back, and pelvic floor muscles, Pilates will help build your core strength and give you a more comfortable pregnancy. All of the instructors at Pilates on 10th are experienced with both pregnant and post-partum women, and can modify your exercises as you progress through different stages of pregnancy (i.e. feeling big, bigger, and even bigger).

Benefits for Mom: Pilates can help increase your core strength which can help with those big pushes during delivery.

Pilates on 10th
2351 10th Ave. E.
Seattle, Wa 98102

Times: Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Cost: $35 for a single session, multi-class packages available. Register online.

 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