Whether you gain 20 pounds or 100 pounds, pregnancy can completely and totally sap your energy and strength. I had hoped to combat post-baby muscle weakness with regular exercise during my pregnancy, yet seven months post-partum, I’m still struggling to regain my core strength despite losing every ounce of baby weight. Although some fitness gurus suggest a hard-core Basic Training-like workout at a time like this, I prefer something a little gentler on my tired body. Yet another reason why I love Tracy Anderson–she seems to “get” this. Released just months ago, the Tracy Anderson Post Pregnancy Fitness 2 DVD workout series slowly but surely helps rebuild muscle strength and stamina by working with your hormonal surges. And if you’re newly pregnant and want to keep in optimal shape throughout your pregnancy, try Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project.
Tracy Anderson Post Pregnancy 2 Workout Series, $30, tracyandersonmethod.com
Tracy Anderson: The Pregnancy Project, $18.50, amazon.com