Adding regular movement and exercise into your schedule when you're pregnant can help your body adjust to changes both during and after pregnancy.
"One of the most highly recommended forms of fitness when you're expecting is Pilates, and that's no surprise since it is famous for it's elongation and lengthening of the muscles," says Andrea Speir, founder of Speir Pilates. "When you're pregnant, that growing weight of your cute baby bump begins to put a lot of undue pressure on the joints and muscles, and inhibits circulation. By incorporating Pilates exercises into your daily routine, you can build that great strength in all the little intricate muscles as well as the larger muscles to help keep your body strong throughout pregnancy and get you ready for labor and postpartum recovery.
"You don't need a fancy boutique studio to get this great work in, just 15 minutes a day and a mat or soft surface," she adds.
Start with these 7 prenatal Pilates moves from Speir that'll help keep you lean and strong throughout your pregnancy: