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10 Of The Best Pregnancy Fitness DVDs

If you prefer exercising at home, where you can sing along to the music, get as sweaty as you want and not have to worry about getting to the gym, then an exercise DVD is for you. But the difficulty? You have to stick at it to see results. So make it a weekly date with yourself (or your partner, if you can persuade him to join in), check out our pregnancy fitness dos and don’ts and get going.

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Pregnancy Health Yoga With Tara Lee, £39.97

If you’re looking to calm your mind and body after a gruelling day, stick this DVD on. Antenatal yoga expert Tara Lee has included eight options, allowing you to choose practices focusing on energy, strength and relaxation to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival. And best of all, it’s suitable for all levels, from beginner up. Plus, if you get on well with this DVD, you can invest in Tara’s post-pregnancy workouts.
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Erin O’Brien’s Prenatal Fitness Fix, £7.75

Filmed when personal trainer Erin O’Brien was seven months pregnant, shot in her producer’s living room and featuring her actor husband James Denton (Mike Delfino from Desperate Housewives) this DVD features Erin’s own safe and effective workouts. Take part in her energising cardio and toning workouts to help keep any excess baby weight at bay and stretch and relax with pilates and body sculpting routines.
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Davina: My Pre And Post Natal Workouts, £11.99.

After three babies, Davina McCall is pretty experienced at getting her figure back post-pregnancy, which may be why her down-to-earth DVD is still such a hit – six years after its release. Including simple, easy-to-follow and non-strenuous exercises to give you the stamina you need for birth, this DVD will help tone your body and encourage you to stretch and relax.
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Jane Wake: The Complete Antenatal And Wellbeing Programme, £15.99.

Top British fitness instructor Jane Wake has worked with athletes and celebrities alike and is qualified in pre- and postnatal fitness. Jane’s DVD aims to be the complete pregnancy wellbeing package – bursting with information on staying fit and healthy while you’re trying to get pregnant and when you’re expecting.
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Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project, £30.68

Best known for the Tracy Anderson Method (loved by celeb mums Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna), Tracy created this nine-disc DVD collection to help mums-to-be stay healthy and fit throughout their pregnancies. For each month of your pregnancy, there’s a specific, low-impact routine, that’s great for keeping your arms, legs and bums as toned as possible. Plus, you can watch interviews with pregnancy experts and mums who have found the DVD effective.
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@Home With Hilaria Baldwin: Fit Mommy-To-Be Prenatal Yoga, £16.99

Including a cute cameo appearance from hubby Alec Baldwin, Hilaria used her yoga expertise (she’s an instructor and co-founder of Yoga Vida) to create her first pregnancy fitness DVD. With three simple and effective workouts for each trimester, this DVD aims to make you more flexible and stronger before you give birth.
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Tracey Mallett's 3 In 1 Pregnancy System, £6.86

A brilliant introduction to yoga and pilates, instructor Tracey Mallett has created this at-home workout to concentrate on your core, lower body and upper body. Each segment is around 20 minutes long, so you can chose to do them one after another or divide it up throughout the week. There’s even a section involving your partner, should you wish to rope him in.
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The Perfect Pregnancy Workout: Volume 1, £12.99.

After a more challenging workout? This is it. Following world-class acrobat Karyne Steben’s lead, you’ll be taken through a sculpting workout combining upper and lower body exercises such as labour squats, the kegel exercise and a mental focus exercise. All exercises are designed to help make your labour experience easier and to reduce lower back pain. If you’re up to it, there’s also volume two…
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Suzanne Bowen’s Pregnancy Workout Lean & Toned, £7.99

Top fitness instructor Suzanne Bowen has incorporated cardio, strength and flexibility training into her fitness DVD to help you stay fit and lean throughout your pregnancy. Split into sections, you may want to try the standing work one day, the floor work another and the relaxation section after a tough day at work.
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10-Minute Solution, Prenatal Pilates, £5.99

Maybe you have a full on job or perhaps you’re juggling your pregnancy fitness workout with looking after your other kids. Whatever keeps you busy, this DVD won’t add to your load. Designed to fit into hectic lifestyles, this Pilates regime includes five workouts that take just 10 minutes each. Check out Mother&Baby's pick of maternity sportswear.
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