Thursday, January 8, 2015

Keeping in shape during pregnancy: Yoga and Pilates

I´ve always been a fan of Pilates and just before my pregnancy, I was hitting the studio 2-3 times a week. But during the first trimester I was too exhausted to exercise at all, so it wasn´t until the second trimester that I felt like doing any other thing than cycling to and from work every day.

My lovely Pilates studio Bodyvita did not have any group lessons for pregnancy Pilates and the private training session is a tad expensive so I had to look for alternatives. I tried several studios in Amsterdam but I´ve narrowed it down to my 2 favorites and where I usually go for my preggy lessons:

Joyful Yoga - the pregnancy classes are small, cozy and you stretch, get full of positive energy, meditate, and receive a mini head massage, all in 1h15! Natasha gives these fantastic classes on Thursday afternoons (18:30) and Saturday mornings (but I must confess these are toooooo early for me at 9:30...)

Anna Mora Pilates Studio - the pregnancy lessons are always full and the teacher Lacey, is lovely and full of energy. They are also not too early in the morning (10:45), so there is no excuse to not attend!

TIP: Download the MindBody app, where you can book your classes in all of the above mentioned, or if you don´t live nearby, it will show you the nearest studios to your home!

(pictures from Joyful Yoga and Studio Mora Facebook pages)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Pregnancy beauty basics- Part 2- Mamma Mio

As I had already finished all the products mentioned in my previous post, it came in quite handy that my Secret Santa surprised me with these Mamma Mio products! Thank you Santaaaaa!!!! ;-)

I had heard of the brand before but as it is not one you can easily find in Amsterdam nor Madrid, I hadn´t bothered to even look for it. It turns out that they have a very fun webshop where you can easily buy online and get it delivered to all Europe, UK and US.

I really like the humor in all product descriptions, which somehow also transmits that they are experts in the pregnant skincare field and have developed truly effective products.

The Tummy Rub Oil - smells really nice and your stretched and itchy skin feels immediately hydrated and relieved. (Beats Bio-Oil and Weleda. I am definitely repeating this purchase!)

The Pregnancy Boob Tube- I have to laugh every time I pick up the bottle and remember their slogan ¨Aim north, not south¨. It is a rich cream which is absorbed very fast, but I´m not sure if I´d rather apply oil in that area as well. Also the smell is not the same, nor as nice as the oil. Nevertheless, I still like it a lot!

Have you ever tried any other products from Mamma Mio? Any others you recommend?