How Kate Middleton Stays Fit During Pregnancy

Plus: how you can replicate her routine right here in Philly!

If you haven’t been following Kate Middleton’s Royal Baby Watch, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’ve been living under a rock. The media has been in a frenzy since early January, when the royal palace announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting, with reports on everything from her morning sickness to the baby’s gender to what the royal couple refers to the fetus as. (It’s their “little grape,” in case you were wondering.)

The latest story comes from the newest issue of Us Weekly (quoted here, since the story doesn’t seem to be online yet), in which a source close to Middleton reveals how the Duchess keeps in tip-top shape during pregnancy, while also keeping her baby safe.

“She’s been reading a lot,” the source told the magazine, “from how to be a good parent to how to stay healthy for the baby.”

This reading is what prompted Kate to switch up her high-intensity cardio routine for something that’s a bit easier on her unborn child, swapping hiking and running for prenatal yoga. She also has a yoga instructor who makes house calls. To the palace. Nice.

While I can’t get you an on-call yoga instructor (sorry), I can offer a few options for prenatal yoga and Pilates in our area. Here’s how to work out like a preggo Kate Middleton in Philly.

Mama’s Wellness Joint
Prenatal Yoga with Paige, Emily, or Emma
Where: 1100 Pine Street, Philadelphia.
When: Various times through out the week. See schedule here.
Cost: $16 for drop-ins, class cards available.

DIG Yoga
What: Prenatal Yoga with Nikki Robinson
Where: 410 Monroe Street, Philadelphia.
When: Mondays from 5 to 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $15 for drop-ins, class cards available.

Thrive Pilates
What: Individual prenatal Pilates sessions
Where: 2016 Walnut Street, Philadelphia.
When: You decide!
Cost: For pricing and scheduling information, email or call 516-395-4214.

Belly Pilates
What: Prenatal Mat and Ball Pilates
Where: 100 Chetwynd Drive, Bryn Mawr.
When: Various times. See schedule here.
Cost: $28 for drop-ins, class cards available.

What: Naughty Bits, a mat Pilates class designed to “strengthen your core and lower back while supporting your shoulders and pelvic floor.” The studio recommends it for prenatal and postnatal workouts.
Where: 1040 North American Street, Suite 1001, Philadelphia.
When: Thursdays at 7 p.m.
Cost: $20 for one class, class cards available.

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