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Gentle Exercise for Active Moms!
You're interested in Pilates - but you're pregnant. With all the controversy surrounding exercising during pregnancy you probably have more questions than answers. Is it safe to continue? What can't I do? What can I do?

It may surprise you to know that Pilates is one of the most suitable exercises during pregnancy. Think about it: Pilates works by strengthening the core of the body (dubbed the 'girdle of strength' by Joseph Pilates), where the abdominal muscles work in synergy with the small of the back and the pelvic floor.

Pilates exercises strengthen and tone these postural muscles that are used to carry the baby, help delivery and get you back in shape after the birth. They can help to make your labor easier and recover your figure! Strengthening the back and improving posture makes it easier to carry your baby with less risk of injury. The exercises are a non-sweat, relaxing workout that you can do whether you're one or 31 weeks pregnant.

Pilates can also be beneficial to your baby. Pilates is a gentle exercise that will encourage extra oxygen and nutrients to flow to your unborn child, and the breathing techniques learned can contribute to a smoother delivery. Pilates is also well known for focusing the mind, so using it as a way to take time for yourself, away from your busy life, to help you relax, reduce your stress and ultimately benefit your bump!

Long gone are the days when women had to limit their exercise in pregnancy to a gentle swim. And why should you? You don't want to lose control of your body just because you're pregnant. You don't have to.

Lindsey Jackson's 'Pilates in Pregnancy' gives you the opportunity to retain control.

Lindsey is a well-known UK certified Pilates and fitness instructor who produced this stunning DVD during her own pregnancy. It uses safe and effective exercises while avoiding the controversial supine lying (on your back). Not only demonstrating exercises through the early stages of pregnancy, Lindsey also gives precautionary instruction on later stages and demonstrates beneficial post-natal moves.

This pregnancy-specific routine was produced with the consultation and endorsement of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women's Health. It also follows guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

'Pilates in Pregnancy' has received much acclaim in the UK and is set to become a global success. Prior to its release in the U.S. in July this year it received many stunning reviews, including an inclusion in the Journal of the Section on Women's Health from two senior U.S. Physical Therapists. Here's what they said:

"The safe exercise design and meticulous instruction are refreshing. We would highly recommend this Pilates video to all pregnant/postpartum clients. The instructor is knowledgeable and the quality of the exercise routine is among the best we have seen for this patient population".

The 90-minute DVD offers Pilates routines for both early and late pregnancy and a brief discussion on post-birth exercises. This is a must-have DVD for all soon-to-be moms, whether you already practice Pilates or are interested in starting.

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