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quick poll please! Pregnancy YOGA V PILATES???

(8 Posts)
mad4mybaby Wed 20-Aug-08 19:05:54

I did pilates before i got pg and had to give up. Was doing swimming once a week but my SPD has kicked in again and can only do breaststroke which is a no no plus want to save money as have to put ds in creche.

So have decided to get a dvd, yoga or pilates? I have never done yoga and havent done pregnancy pilates. What are pros and cons and do you actually see any results from either? Would be ideal if any of you that have done could compare for me but any suggestions be grateful!

Honeymoonmummy Wed 20-Aug-08 23:30:18

I go to a pregnancy yoga class and they stop the women with SPD doing anything which involves having their legs apart. They can still do quite a lot of it though. The relaxation session you'll get at the end of a yoga DVD is ace too - not sure you'll get that with pilates? I've not done pilates during pregnancy but did it before and I would personally say yoga better.

tb73 Wed 20-Aug-08 23:43:06

I went to an anti-natal yoga class and it was great! I had an easy birth and recovered really quickly (also NO needle and thread). Not sure you will get the same benefit from a DVD as a class, how about an evening class instead?

dinkystinky Thu 21-Aug-08 08:57:01

I did both when pregnant with DS - good for different kinds of things. If you have SPD, would definitely recommend going to a class rather than doing a dvd as there are a number of pregnancy yoga moves and pregnancy pilates moves that arent recommended if you have SPD. After you've done a couple of classes, you can probably just do a dvd at home as you'll know what moves you shouldnt do with SPD.

Pregnancy pilates good for strengthening back and core.

Pregnancy yoga good for stretching out, making space, focusing on you and baby inside.

ChocOrange05 Thu 21-Aug-08 09:20:06

I am doing some pilates based exercises that my physio has given me to help strengthen my core muscles as I have been getting a bad back. According to the physio the exercises should help get rid of my mummy tummy after - that incentivises me to do them! grin

mad4mybaby Thu 21-Aug-08 15:52:55

there arent any classes local to me esp as i have to find somewhere to put my ds. Would i be ok just not doing anything with 'legs open'?

Is the yoga boring? I have always got very bored excercising, even step and things like that just bored me so much. Pilates didnt. Alot of people have told me yoga is good for your back but have been put off just because it seems very slow and quiet..

QuintessentialShadows Thu 21-Aug-08 15:55:34

PILATES! For sure pilates is the better option if you have spd. When I had spd, it was my chiropractor and pilates that got me walking again. On the other hand, I could not do yoga for two years after spd, and even then, the yoga instructor said there were many moves I couldnt do.

badkitty Fri 22-Aug-08 10:04:41

I am doing both and really enjoying them. I also found yoga v. boring pre-pregnancy but have really got into it and finding it invaluable as pregnancy goes on and the more strenuous things I used to do are just too exhausting/uncomfortable. I have been going to classes but also got a yoga DVD off amazon - "Pregnancy Yoga with Tara Lee" which is good and it tells you any postures which are not recommended for SPD, and gives alternatives where possible, so you would be fine with that.

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