Pregnant in the QC: Working out and keeping your body healthy


If you’re anything like me, the moment you saw a plus sign on your pregnancy test, your jeans stopped fitting and your feet got swollen. With roughly 40 weeks of growing a tiny human comes 40 weeks of a growing mama.

Weight gain is inevitable and certainly serves its purpose. But if you’re looking to keep the weight gain at a minimum, while (more importantly) keeping your body healthy and working to get yourself in shape for pushing that baby out, here are a few workouts to try to keep both your mind and body fit and active during these upcoming months.

Chakti Yoga

I have been going to this class for going on three years. Check my Instagram if you don’t believe me. If you are in the earlier stage of pregnancy and are still in that window of adding new routines, Chakti is a great cardio and strength workout that can help beat away the baby blues and keep those hips in check! Instructor Lauren McAbee, who is also a momma of two, sets up her class in a way that can be self-directed, so you can go for inversions or just stick with child’s pose. Catch Lauren at Move Studio on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. 1111 Hawthorne Lane.

Align & Flow Yoga

Kellie Jackson Daniel has got to be one of the kindest people in the QC and this kindness fills her Tuesday and Thursday 10:15 a.m. practices at Be Yoga in Dilworth. Kellie has a passion for mamas and while this is not a prenatal class, Kellie will leave you feeling like the goddess you are. 1247 East Blvd., #250.

Baby Power Hour

The Harris YMCA is a fitness mecca. If you are looking for a class, as opposed to just working out on your own, Baby Power Hour is the place to be. This pre/post-natal class is great for strength training at your level. Perk: bring your baby after birth for a little mommy-baby workout sesh! Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. in the Harris YMCA gym. 5900 Quail Hollow Road.


Yes, I know this sounds boring but Charlotte-area homebirth midwives agree that walking can be the simplest yet most beneficial workout to do during pregnancy. One midwife says, “The most important thing to focus on during pregnancy is your pelvic floor and walking keeps those muscles intact.” The good thing about walking? You can do it up to the very end, when you seem to have lost the stamina for other workouts.

The main things to remember? Don’t overdo it, double check with your doctor or midwife to make sure your body is up for workouts, as well as how to modify when necessary. And keep that pelvic floor lifted!

For other prenatal yoga offerings, check out Bellies & Babies, Yoga for Life, Yoga One and Y2 Yoga. 

Photo: Lauren McAbee


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