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Easy Pilates for Pregnancy. Meg Walker, $17.95

Easy to follow, the clear illustrations and concise text help pregnant and postpartum women create a effective and safe exercise programme at home.


Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, 2nd Edition. James Clapp & Catherine Cram, $24.95

A compelling case for exercise before, during and after pregnancy.


Fit & Fabulous for Life After Babies. Fiona Thomas Hargraves, $33.95

Fit & Fabulous is for any woman who is thinking about getting pregnant, already pregnant, just had a baby or has ever had a baby. It’s written for real women and it offers genuine solutions for women who are unlikely to count crunches let alone calories. Taking care of your physical, emotional and practical needs, this book shows you how to keep yourself fit and healthy while holding down the most challenging job you’ll ever have.

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Fit Mama: a Real-Life Fitness Guide for the New Mom. Stacy Denney & Kate Hodson, $19.95

From simple exercises to do with baby to full body cardio workouts, Fit Mama offers an effective, holistic approach to postpartum fitness. Stacy Denney and Kate Hodson know from experience that it doesn't happen overnight. They offer wise counsel on finding the time and energy to shape up gradually at first, and they motivate moms to amp it up as time goes by. With fully illustrated step-by-step directions and lots of encouragement along the way, Fit Mama delivers!


How to Exercise When You’re Expecting. Lindsay Brin, $20.00

A simple, easy-to-follow guide for staying fit while pregnant and getting strong and back into shape after the birth of your baby.


Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life. Karen Bridson, $20.95

Karen Bridson is a certified personal trainer, marathon runner and running coach and a certified pre and postnatal fitness instructor. Nine Months Strong is Bridson's ultimate training guide for the "marathon of motherhood" - yoga and strength training exercises, swim workouts, cardio-fitness training, prenatal food plans, schedules for moms-to-be who run and much, much more. This is a clear and concise guide to having a healthy, fit pregnancy and recovery.

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PeeWee Pilates: Essential Postpartum Exercise for Mother and Baby. Holly Jean Costner & Stacy Malin, $26.95

PeeWee Pilates gives new mothers what no other fitness program or book has to date: a quick and proven method they can do at home to get their postpartum body gently back into shape and enrich their babies at the same time. Unlike other mother/baby fitness programs, baby is far more than just a prop; the exercises in Pee Wee Pilates are designed specifically to help foster a little one's development and attachment to mother. And the Pilates exercises target the areas most affected by pregnancy (abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks), so new moms will get results fast without having to leave their homes, find a sitter or carve out huge chunks of time. Developed by one of New York City's leading Pilates teachers, PeeWee Pilates promises to be the hot new "baby and me" exercise program for new mothers everywhere.


The Pilates Pregnancy: Maintaining Strength, Flexibility and Your Figure. Mari Winsor with Mark Laska, $27.95

A wonderful conditioning exercise for women of all shapes and sizes, Pilates is now recognized as one of the best overall exercises for the pregnant body as well. A low-impact and relaxing exercise regimen, Pilates doesn't divert blood flow from the growing fetus. As important, Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles known as the "powerhouse," making it easier for new mothers to recover from childbirth and regain their pre-pregnancy waistline. Working with Dr. Uzzi Reiss, a prominent Los Angeles-based gynecologist and obstetrician, Mari Winsor has developed the first mat-based Pilates routine for pregnant women, bringing this time-efficient and highly effective means to get and stay in shape into the home. Illustrated with 100 black-and-white photographs, the exercises in The Pilates Pregnancy are gentle on the body and easy to do at any stage of pregnancy.


Pregnancy Fitness: Prepare and Restore Your Core, Pelvic Floor, and Whole Body. Julia Di Paolo, Smanatha Montpetit-Huynh & Kim Vopni, $31.95

Your journey through a comfortable, safe, and confident pregnancy begins with Pregnancy Fitness. This practical guide answers your questions and delivers the information, exercises, and workouts you need to maintain your personal fitness and enjoy the best possible experience in welcoming your baby to the world.

Written by three experts in prenatal and postpartum fitness, pelvic floor exercise, and core restoration, Pregnancy Fitness covers all physical and physiological aspects of pregnancy, birth, and recovery so you can enjoy peace of mind throughout your pregnancy and long after delivery. You’ll get complete need-to-know information about hormones, body and posture changes, and common pregnancy aches and pains, along with critical information on diastasis recti and pelvic floor health, which aims to support and protect your body from core dysfunction.

A full spectrum of stretching, strengthening, and functional exercises provides the focus, description, safety tips, and variations that allow you to progress safely through your pregnancy and to be physically prepared for birth and optimal recovery. The sample workout programs guide you through each phase of pregnancy, including postpartum, to help you establish and meet your personal fitness goals with comfort and confidence.

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The Pregnant Athlete: How to Stay In our Best Shape Ever — Before, During, and After Pregnancy. Brandi Dion & Steven Dion, $21.00

Whether you're a professional athlete or a dedicated weekend warrior, you're serious about your sport and your commitment to fitness. But now that you're pregnant, you may be getting conflicting health and exercise advice from your family, friends, and doctors. With all the concerns and misinformation, it's hard to know where to turn for accurate, supportive guidance so you can have a safe, healthy pregnancy and maintain a high level of fitness. Now, in The Pregnant Athlete, triathlete/trainer mom Brandi Dion, fitness professional Steven Dion, and OB/GYN Joel Heller have teamed up to offer:

  • Practical information on how your body changes each month, and how to gauge your own limits
  • Flexible workout plans for strength, cardiovascular conditioning, agility, and balance for each stage of pregnancy and the postpartum period
  • Facts and tips about eating well to support pregnancy and fuel your workouts

With expert advice and medical insights from an OB/GYN, useful information for the pregnant athlete's partner, and inspiring stories from other athletic moms-to-be, The Pregnant Athlete will help you stay happy, healthy, and in top form during your pregnancy and beyond.


Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability. Cecile Röst, $22.00

Pregnancy weakens the ligaments that keep the pelvic bones together. If these ligaments become overloaded, pelvic instability can result, leading to pain around the joints that may last for weeks or even years. Cecile Röst, a physical therapist, has devised a treatment program that is simple and effective.

The first part of the book uses over 100 illustrations to illustrate symmetry and stabilization exercises to control the pelvis, and the best positions for sitting, standing, lying, and other daily activities. The exercises do not cause any pain and can be done at home or under supervision. Part Two is for care providers and gives background information about pelvic pain, a protocol for a first consult, and advanced details of the therapy.


Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. Francoise Freedman, $17.00

With step-by-step photos of classic yoga postures especially adapted for each trimester, this book demonstrates how the regular practice of yoga provides many physical and emotional benefits that can enhance the whole experience of parenting. Featuring a unique section of special yoga and relaxation exercises to do with or without the baby up to 16 weeks after birth, Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond identifies the real benefits of yoga for both mother and baby throughout pregnancy and beyond.

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Complete Booklist

Easy Pilates for Pregnancy. Meg Walker, $17.95

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy, 2nd Edition. James Clapp & Catherine Cram, $24.95

Fit & Fabulous for Life after Babies. Fiona Thomas Hargraves, $33.95

Fit Mama: a Real-Life Fitness Guide for the New Mom. Stacy Denney & Kate Hodson, $19.95

How to Exercise When You're Expecting. Lindsay Brin, $20.00

Nine Months Strong: Shaping Up for Labor and Delivery and the Toughest Physical Day of Your Life. Karen Bridson, $20.95

PeeWee Pilates: Essential Postpartum Exercise for Mother and Baby. Holly Jean Costner & Stacy Malin, $26.95

The Pilates Pregnancy: Maintaining Strength, Flexibility and Your Figure. Mari Winsor with Mark Laska, $27.95

Pregnancy Fitness: Prepare and Restore Your Core, Pelvic Floor, and Whole Body. Julia Di Paolo, Smanatha Montpetit-Huynh & Kim Vopni, $31.95

The Pregnant Athlete: How to Stay In our Best Shape Ever — Before, During, and After Pregnancy. Brandi Dion & Steven Dion, $21.00

Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy: How Women Can Heal Chronic Pelvic Instability. Cecile Röst, $22.00

Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. Francoise Freedman, $17.00

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For related titles, please see our booklists on Pregnancy & Childbirth; Breastfeeding; Twins & Higher Multiples; Postpartum Issues; Premature Babies; Fertility & Infertility; Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

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