By Sari Beth Rosenberg
Thinking about the best ways to stay in shape during and after pregnancy? We tapped some of New York City’s top fitness experts (and moms!) for advice:
Erica Barth and Laurel Katz-Bohen, owners of Harlem Yoga Studio:
• Find a Community: Prenatal and postpartum yoga like our “Mommy and Me” class allows you to connect with other new mothers.
• Don’t Overstretch: Pregnancy hormones make you extra flexible but don’t stretch beyond your usual capacity.
Harlem Yoga Studio is offering a 10% promotion for BELLA readers who want to take a prenatal or “Mommy and Me” class. Use the code HYSBELLA10.
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From Laura Kovall, owner of Mamafit by Laura and Fit4Mom’s Manhattan franchise including the Stroller Strides class:
• If It Doesn’t Feel Right, It Probably Isn’t: You should be able to do most of the same exercises if you get a doctor’s clearance but always listen to your body.
• Don’t Compare: Everyone experiences pregnancy differently so just focus on you.
From Rachel Nicks, private instructor and teacher at Exhale Spa and Unity Yoga:
• You Can Still Do Core: If you back off 50 percent, never twist, and lie on your left side for better circulation and think “pull baby back” by pulling the abdominal muscles in and down.
• Parallel Position is Your Friend: It’s the most supportive for the uterus and prevents back pain.
• Take Your Time: Give yourself at least 6 weeks to heal and start back slowly.
Tidbit: Nicks is doing a fitness retreat in Costa Rica this February and is offering a special 10% off promotion for BELLA readers. Visit ParaisoAdventures.com and use the code Bella10.
From Mahri Relin, owner of Body Conceptions Studio:
• Stay Safe: Joints are extra loose during pregnancy and your center of gravity
shifts making you injury prone. Stick with your usual fitness routine.
• Slow Down But Don’t Stop: Rest when you need to but the stamina and
strength you develop helps you through labor and the recovery.
• Kegel, Kegel, Kegel: If there’s one exercise you should do EVERY day, that’s it.
Whether you’re a new mommy or a mommy-to-be, seek out these instructors’ classes all around New York City and work that baby bump!