The At-Home Body

No more excuses. Here's a safe and effective prenatal workout you can do without leaving the house.

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What's the best way to make sure you get your nice, safe prenatal workout in, as you know you should? Get rid of the obstacles! When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, it's easy to head outdoors for exercise. But when the elements, schedules and tummy aren't as cooperative, all sorts of excuses can get in your way, especially if you've never been a gym person. We've got the answer: a workout you can do in the comfort of your own home.

Created by Elizabeth Trindade, president of Strollercise Inc. in New York City, this routine is based on her Preparing to Push prenatal-workout program. The exercises will help you stay strong now and regain your shape faster after giving birth.

For best results, do the workout every other day, in addition to 20 minutes or more of cardiovascular activity at least 3 days a week. But check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. As Trindade says: "A healthy mother and a healthy baby are what's most important."