I personally prefer Pilates but that's just me - I found it works my core more and gives me more of a 'workout' than yoga (I do reformer Pilates). I am considering doing some yoga classes now I am a bit further along though (26 weeks) for the relaxation and keeping supple side of things. There are a lot of different types of yoga though - although I don't know whether yoga in pregnancy tends to stick to just one 'type' - am sure someone with more k knowledge than me will come along to help! Have you found some pregnancy specific classes? I still do my regular Pilates classes but I'm lucky in that my instructor is trained in pre and post natal Pilates - a number of exercises have to be modified for me now I'm getting bigger. Still really enjoy it though!
I teach pre and post natal Pilates. I'm not sure I would say one is better than the other, as they're both quite different. A good pre-natal Pilates class will get your body strengthened and stabilised for pregnancy and birth (and post-natally will assist your recovery and pull your body back into alignment) whereas I believe pre-natal Yoga -though I'm certainly no expert- looks more at birth positions, breathing and relaxation as well as gentle stretch. Welcome any additional input from MN yogis?
If you're looking to improve your core strength though, there's really no contest - Pilates all the way!
I have done both and agree, Pilates seems to be a much more efficient way to build and maintain core strength, but classes for pregnant ladies seem to be as rare as hens teeth, unless you are prepared to pay for 1 to1. Even most ante natal yoga classes seem to be in the middle of weekdays, cos all us pregnant ladies don't have to work, innit. I live in Hackney and work in islington and haven't been able to find any ante natal Pilates classes.if anyone finds any please let me know.
wrong side of london, but I went to fantastic group antenatal pilates classes with Dina from bodybeautifulpilates.com in Chelsea. She charges 17GBP per class, but you get a discount if you book more than one class. I found them incredibly helpful as I have a bad back from pre-pregnancy follies, and it has helped me stay totally mobile all the way to term.
Aoifebelle - try Frame in Shoreditch, they def have ante natal Pilates but think the class is a weekday lunchtime which I can't make due to work unfort. Used to go to their classes a lot until got pregnant - really enjoyed it there. Going to go again whe start mat leave if not too late to start, 8 weeks and counting!!!
Reformer Pilates is brilliant (did it before I was pg and totally credit it with finally sorting my back problem). At Bootcamp and at Ten Pilates in Notting Hill you can train when pg. it is expensive (less so if ou boo locks) but I think the transformation in terms of core stability is really rapid so worth it IMO. And it has saved me a fortune in osteopath fees.
I enjoy yoga too - no reason you can't do both - both systems help you learn different things about your body and the way it moves. Aoife if you are in Hackney, Yoga On The Lane on Shacklewell Lane is excellent.