Post # 1
Do any of you ladies take Barre classes? I’ve been taking it for the majority of the past year and did check with my OB to make sure it’s still okay to take. The Barre classes at my gym incorporate a lot of Pilates, with many moves done while on your back. My OB did make a mention something about not exercising on your back while pregnant. Now, of course I think more about this after I leave the office 🙂
Just curious if anyone has any experience in taking Barre/Pilates while pregnant. I’m 8 weeks now, but want to make sure that I’m not doing any harm!
Post # 2
- Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018
As far as I know laying in your back is not a problem until you are past 4 months or after 16 weeks due to the increased uterus and baby. The issue is with blocking blood flow to the uterus while laying down on your back and putting extra weight in your spine. I think you should be ok since you’re still early in pregnancy. You can always double check with your doctor.
Post # 3
I work at a barre studio, we have many pregnant clients. Just make sure to let your know instructor know, there are many variations for almost every exercise so she should be able to find a method which will safely work for you.
Most of our pregnant clients take class up until a few weeks before their due date.
Post # 4
I go to barre 4-5 times a week and there are a few pregnant ladies I see often! They definitely modify some of the exercises, but overall, I am impressed with what they can do while pregnant. One of the women looks like she’s very far along, too. Talk to your teachers, I’m sure they can recommend modifications for certain exercises.
Post # 5
I do ballet beautiful, by NYC ballerina, and she has a whole series for pregnant ladies That she shot while pregnant:-) floor, barre, and mat exercises.
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses, everyone 🙂
Post # 7
I haven’t been doing barre, but I’m 37 weeks preganant and have still been going to yoga. For poses on my back, I do them and haven’t had any issues. I just make sure to roll to my side and then prop myself up with my arm instead of sitting striaght up (less extertion on your abs, which you want to avoid late in pregnancy). For final resting pose, I lay propped up on a bolster rather than directly on my back.
You should be totally fine doing similar things in barre, and as previous posters have said, the instructors are all amazing at modifying as needed for pregnancy.