Features: Pilates, strength moves, stretching, breathing techniques
Run time: 65 minutes
Highlights: Led by Pilates Master Trainer Jennifer Gianni, who was in her third trimester during taping, this program features classical Pilates technique with a yoga twist and modifications for all three trimesters. Focusing on the changes your body experiences as pregnancy progresses, this program demonstrates strengthening moves that will prevent common aches and pains and prepare you for labor.
Recommended props: Dowel or broomstick; sturdy stool or armless chair; small rubber ball; pillow; light dumbbells or soup cans; yoga mat, carpet or rug
Why we like it: Gianni is a gracious instructor, and we especially love the smooth, progressive flow of the exercise sequence and the attention to modifications.
Real mom's comment: "I liked the specific exercises this DVD had to offer and the aesthetic look of the video's location. Gianni seemed very happy and friendly, and that made me feel very comfortable." -- Roseli Singer, Encino, Calif.
Our favorite move: Table Tops
Sit on the floor with your knees bent and shoulder-width apart, feet flat on floor and wrists directly under your shoulders. Draw your belly in and raise your chest, keeping your neck long. Inhale, then exhale as you raise your hips even with your knees while straightening your arms; squeeze your thighs and buttocks (shown). Slowly lower your hips to the floor and repeat. Strengthens hips, thighs, back, arms and abs; improves posture.
Tapeworm, 2004; fusionpilates.com