Pilates, Barre, and Yoga for Pregnancy & New Baby

Exercising while pregnant may be extremely beneficial to your health and your well-being, providing mind and body benefits during your pregnancy, childbirth, and even beyond. Maiden Lane Studios offers private Pilates and yoga for our prenatal clients.
We are happy to help recommend a program that works with your personal needs.
Pregnancy Yoga Pilates in San Francisco
Note: Please make sure you have permission from your health care provider before beginning any exercise program while pre- or post-natal.
Some general benefits of exercising during pregnancy:

  • Boost your energy and metabolism
  • Sleep better
  • Reduce pregnancy discomfort
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Reduce stress and lift your spirits
  • Improve your self-image
  • Help embrace the physical changes of pregnancy and become more in tune with your body
  • Get your body back after childbirth
Exercise after pregnancy
  • Builds stamina and strengthens hips, back, arms, and shoulders
  • Improves balance and circulation
  • Helps to facilitate a more comfortable birthing process with postures that help to open the pelvis
  • Yogic breathing aids in mental focus and relaxation during delivery
  • After the baby is born, yoga is a great form of exercise to help get the body moving without overexertion
Benefits of Pilates:

  • Strengthens back, pelvic floor, and core muscles, which equips your body better to cope with the strains caused by the weight of your growing baby. Hormones make the tissues (ligaments) that connect your bones more pliable in pregnancy, making you more prone to injury.
  • Reduces back pain, by exercising the deepest tummy muscles that stabilize your back and pelvis. Weak muscles can lead to back or pelvic pain.
  • Strengthens your pelvic floor, which supports your bowel, bladder and uterus (womb) as your baby grows and moves down, helping to prevent incontinence.
  • Helps with balance, which can be thrown off during pregnancy. Pilates exercises strengthen your core and may make you more stable when you walk as your bump grows.
  • Improves posture
  • Breath and heightened body awareness
  • Helps to restore general well-being
  • Keeps you moving through-out the entire pregnancy
Benefits of Yoga:

  • Builds stamina and strengthens hips, back, arms, and shoulders
  • Improves balance and circulation
  • Helps to facilitate a more comfortable birthing process with postures that help to open the pelvis
  • Yogic breathing aids in mental focus and relaxation during delivery
  • After the baby is born, yoga is a great form of exercise to help get the body moving without overexertion
Benefits of Barre:

  • Aids in building strength and toning muscles with low impact, controlled movements
  • Standing barre work is performed with the use of the barre, making it an assisted and safe workout
  • Increases heart rate to a safe cardiovascular zone for pregnant women
Pilates is a great form of exercise during part of your pregnancy to strengthen your pelvic muscles, increase shoulder stability, maintain correct posture, and improve balance during your pregnancy. Pilates movements are mostly performed in a prone (referred to as a plank), supine (lying on your back) or side-lying position. Pilates exercises offer you the opportunity to focus on “growing your spine” and correct postural misalignments.
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Q&A With Alexandria,
One of Our Expecting Pilates Clients

How has Pilates helped you in the pre-natal process?

Pilates gave me the core strength I needed to stay in shape during my pregnancies. I still remember how strong my abs felt when I gave birth to my son. I will always do Pilates.

How has it helped you in the post-natal process?

Pilates not only helped my body bounce back into shape within 6 months of having a child, but it also helped me identify areas of my body that needed extra attention.

How long have you been doing Pilates and why are you drawn to it as a form of exercise not only for pregnancy, but for your own personal fitness?

I started doing Pilates in 2007. As they say, “It changed my life!” My body has transformed into a longer, leaner, toner body because of my Pilates practice. I won’t ever give it up because I love how it makes me feel and how it enhances my body.

Why Pilates at Maiden Lane Studios?

Maiden lane is not just a beautiful place to workout, but a studio with instructors that care just as much about technique as giving you a great workout. It’s the best of everything. The instructors are not only likable and skilled, but also dedicated to making sure you feel the burn. And the studio is perfectly posh without having an air of about it.