Maintaining a fit body while you’re pregnant requires dedication. Keeping your body healthy and strong, or even improving your fitness, is important both for you and for your growing baby. One of my favorite places to find pregnancy workout videos is on YouTube, a quick click for prenatal workouts that you can access anytime.
Scanning through thousands of prenatal fitness videos to find your favorites is daunting, so I’ve done the hard part for you! These three YouTube exercise videos for pregnant women are what I use and recommend. One of them I’ve used throughout all three of my pregnancies for quick toning and a mini-endorphin
attitude boost. My favorite prenatal workout on YouTube is a new find and celebrity favorite that I’d recommend to any active, expectant mom.
Without further adieu, here are the best YouTube pregnancy workouts for busy moms!
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I’ll start with my favorite daily pregnancy workout routine by celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson. I wish I’d found this video series when I was pregnant with my first child, or even in the beginning of this pregnancy. I started at six months and so far have really enjoyed each month’s workout. Definitely my top recommendation for those who are in shape or active before pregnancy.
The Pregnancy Project by Tracy Anderson
Tracy Anderson is one of the hottest celebrity trainers out there with clientele including Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakira, and Christy Turlington. The Pregnancy Project is a series of videos Anderson shot month by month while she was pregnant, each designed especially for each month of your pregnancy. She takes into consideration the challenges that each month brings as your baby grows and targets every muscle group without any dangerous ab moves or cardio bursts. Each video includes serious butt work to keep your fanny firm and tight- I liked that!
It’s a gentle but challenging workout system that fits into your daily routine. Often, when I can’t find the time to finish the 40 minute videos, I’ll do the upper body section in the morning and then finish with the legs and butt routine while my kids take their afternoon naps.
This workout series would probably be difficult for those who never exercised before pregnancy. For moms who were mildly active before pregnancy, it will provide muscle toning and help maintain your strength and flexibility so that your body will bounce back much faster after baby is born.
- Fitness equipment only includes 3 lb. dumbbells, a mat, and a kitchen chair.
- Easy to divide the workout video into 2 segments if necessary
- Challenging exercises that won’t make you pant for breath, but DO make your muscles burn fierce!
- Tracy doesn’t talk too much, but explains each move effectively.
10 Minute Solutions Prenatal Pilates
On days when I’m crunched for time or looking to switch up my pregnancy workout routine I do a few exercise videos from this 10-minute series. The very pregnant instructor is warm and likeable, and makes the videos enjoyable, like you’re doing them with a friend.
The routine is based on traditional Pilates with a few variations, such as abdominal exercises propped up on pillows, which gets a little tricky in the third trimester. Prenatal Pilates in ten minutes is the perfect solution for a busy mom!
The program includes 5 videos:
- Standing Pilates
- Core Pilates
- Pilates for Buns and Thighs
- Total Body Pilates
- Pilates for Flexibility
These videos are mildly challenging, and probably safe and effective even for those who never worked out before pregnancy. Of course, it’s always best to listen to your own body and consult a physician before you attempt working out when pregnant, but this pregnancy Pilates series is a great start.
Prenatal Yoga by Tonic
This series of prenatal yoga videos is something I turn to for a gentle, relaxing routine to improve circulation and stretch out my muscles. Many times I’ll do one of these 10-minute videos 30 minutes before bedtime to help me ease into a restful sleep.
Since I’m not a supporter of new age yoga meditation, I choose this series because the instructor doesn’t get into that- she focuses on breathing and stretching out the body to make space for baby. It’s a calm pregnancy yoga workout that anyone could do from the beginning of pregnancy through to the end.
Of course, exercising during pregnancy is just one way to keep healthy. It’s also incredibly important to eat well, fitting in quick, nutritious snacks and making sure to eat breakfast, even if it’s just a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. Treat yourself well as your body changes, keeping skin soft and supple with homemade belly balms and creams, and be sure to stock up on herbal pregnancy teas to improve the function and tone of the uterus for birth. It might sound silly, but it those teas made a world of difference for me both to reduce the pain of contractions and to speed up birth with my second child.
What other tips do you have for maintaining a strong, healthy body for pregnancy and delivery? Share below or post them on my Facebook page. This pregnant mama needs all the pregnancy knowledge she can get!
Click here to find my favorite online workouts for non-pregnant moms!