I am by no means a fitness fanatic, I don’t really do gyms and whilst I enjoy classes such as body balance, I do find that having a child who doesn’t sleep means my enthusiasm for evening classes wanes by the time they come around. I’ve been suffering with SPD and prior to that it was lots of throwing up followed by lots of migraines so keeping fit during pregnancy this time has been much harder than in Toby’s pregnancy.
In my first pregnancy I was really quite fit – I walked for miles, continued doing light jogging, went to weekly aquanatal classes and ate perfectly. This time? Well, flip all of that on its head! Thankfully, Dr. Joanna Helcke’s online pregnancy pilates programme has been a fantastic help for me.

Back in December I was given the chance to sign up to Dr Joanna Helcke’s online pregnancy pilates course and I thought that it would be a great solution for me. Each week of your pregnancy, a new video is unlocked for you which gives a roughly 20 minute light pilates workout that’s suitable for your stage. Now with having SPD I do need to be really careful about what sorts of exercise I do, but Dr Joanna is really helpful and is on hand to answer any questions that you have regarding whether there are moves you should avoid, or moderations to make in order to make moves more suitable for you.

I will admit that I’ve not done the pregnancy pilates videos as frequently as I’d optimistically planned to do, however at least once a week I’m setting aside time when Toby’s having a nap or when Phil goes out one evening a week. I like to be able to have that time that’s dedicated to me and my wellbeing, rather than making failed attempts to do the videos with Toby around or indeed having to drive for miles late in the evenings to attend classes. That’s a downside of country living!

I call this the "Help I'm stuck on the floor" Pose! - Pregnancy Pilates

I call this the “Help I’m stuck on the floor” Pose!

In the zone - Pregnancy Pilates

In the zone

The videos are a lovely pace and Dr. Joanna has a nice, gentle tone that doesn’t make you feel pressured at all. I feel confident that each video is appropriate for that week of pregnancy and as an expert in her field, I trust what Dr. Joanna says and teaches.

I think that second and subsequent pregnancies can be tough because you don’t get to put yourself first, but likewise I’d have enjoyed this programme equally in Toby’s pregnancy because it’s nice to know that something is there that is not only beneficial for your body, but also for your mind.

If you head over to Dr. Joanna Helcke’s website, you can sign up for a free two week trial of pregnancy or post natal pilates, which can be used from 14 weeks pregnant to 26 weeks postpartum. After your trial, membership is only £12 a month, which is loads better than you’ll find a pregnancy pilates course outside of home for – in my experience those are around £11 every week!

How did you cope with keeping fit during pregnancy? Did you find your levels of fitness different in your separate pregnancies? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

** I was given a 3 month membership in exchange for my honest review. All words and opinions are my own**