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Fab Prenatal Fitness Classes for a Healthy Pregnancy


Pregnant? Congratulations! Keeping active while pregnant has countless benefits for you and your child, and may even pave the way for a shorter labour and delivery. We round up some of the best prenatal fitness classes around town that you can take from your second trimester.

 

YOGA

Where: Como Shambhala Urban Escape, #06-01/02 Delfi Orchard, 402 Orchard Road, tel: 6304-3552,

What: Como Shambhala Urban Escape conducts prenatal yoga classes to help expectant mothers relax and achieve mental, physical and emotional harmony. Each class, which is 90 minutes long, is designed to improve your spinal alignment, tone your birthing muscles and build stamina.

Cost: $40 for a drop-in class; $300 for an unlimited one-month pass and $1,440 for an unlimited six-month pass. Other packages are also available.

 

PERSONAL TRAINING

Where: Donna O’Shea Fitness, various locations, tel: 9231-1528,

What: If you prefer one-to-one guidance, consider personal trainer Donna O’Shea, who will personalise training programmes that strengthen your muscles and build endurance to prepare you for labour and post-partum recovery. Each hour-long session is conducted in your home or condominium gym. It’s suitable for women in all stages of pregnancy but those who wish to start in their first trimester should have had an active fitness regime before their pregnancy, and their doctor’s consent.

Cost: $100 for a private solo session or $900 for 10 sessions. Private group sessions are available too. Additional travel costs apply to those living outside of the Orchard, River Valley, Novena and Holland Village vicinity.

 

FITBALL

Where: Inspire Mum & Baby, #08-02 Realty Centre, 15 Enggor Street, tel: 6348-7881

What: During Inspiremum Pre-natal Fitball classes, you use an exercise ball to perform upper and lower body exercises that are designed to strengthen and stretch your muscles, while improving flexibility, endurance and body alignment. The gentle yet firm support of the ball relieves lower back pain and releases tension in the body.

Cost: $12.50 to $35 a session, depending on the package you sign up for.

 

UNDERWATER SPINNING

Where: Aqua Spin, various locations, tel: 9698-9202

What: Aqua Spin offers spinning classes with a twist. Here, you’ll be cycling on a stationary bike that is submerged in water. Due to the buoyancy of water, the added weight of your baby is absorbed, reducing the strain on your knees and hips. The 45-minute workout also reduces water retention and the risk of varicose veins, while promoting blood circulation. You can take this class up to four weeks before your due date.

Cost: The first trial costs $25. Subsequent classes cost between $40 and $45, depending on the package you sign up for.

 

PILATES

Where: Breathe Pilates, #09-33 Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Drive, tel: 9835-5683

What: Breathe Pilates’ prenatal pilates classes are aimed at strengthening your pelvic floor and back muscles, thereby reducing muscle and skeletal imbalances that result from a growing girth. You’ll also build strength in your arms – priming you for future activities like carrying your baby. Each 60-minute class is capped at five participants to ensure that you receive plenty of guidance.

Cost: $55 for a group session and $800 for 20 group sessions. Private solo sessions are priced at $130 a session and $2,000 for 20 sessions.

 

HAMMOCKS

Where: Inspire Mum & Baby, #08-02 Realty Centre, 15 Enggor Street, tel: 6348-7881

What: Inspire Mum & Baby also offers Swing Pregnancy classes that will have you performing gentle exercises with the help of a silk hammock. The supportive, anti-gravity properties of the hammock reduce the pressure from your baby bump, enabling you to stretch and lengthen your spine. It’s a relaxing workout aimed at improving your posture and body alignment.

Cost: $12.50 to $35 a session, depending on the package you sign up for.

 

TOTAL BODY WORKOUT

Where: Mom in Balance, 82A Taman Nakhoda, tel: 9755-4229

What: Maintain your fitness with Mom in Balance’s Pregnancy workout, a programme developed in conjunction with gynaecologists and physiotherapists. Each hour-long class combines stretching, cardio, strength and interval training. You’ll be sweating it out with other mums-to-be, so expect the classes to be energising and lots of fun!

Cost: $150 a month for weekly sessions over three months. For unlimited sessions, opt for the Pregnancy Unlimited membership at $200 a month.

 

XTEND BARRE

Where: Upside Motion, #04-05 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road, 6737-2979

What: Upside Motion’s Xtend Barre classes fuse elements of dance, ballet and pilates for a challenging yet safe prenatal workout. The moves strengthen your lower abdominals, pelvic floor and back muscles, tone your arms, thighs and butt, improve your posture and boost your energy levels. The barre also provides stability during your workout.

Cost: Drop-in classes are $40 each. A 10-class pass costs $345, a 20-class pass costs $655 and a 30-class pass costs $895.

 

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By Delle Chan, Simply Her, May 2015

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