Moving your body is always a smart choice, but especially during pregnancy. Beachbody has some great and affordable pre and postnatal fitness programs to physically prepare you for labor and postpartum! Not only does pre and postnatal training positively impact you, your weight gain, and health, there have been lots of studies showing its positive effects on babies born to mothers who worked out during pregnancy! I even heard it can improve the baby’s sleep, and who doesn’t want a baby that’ll sleep better?! 

It’s recommended that adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. This includes when you are pregnant. Broken down to 5 days per week, that’s 30 minutes a day.

I never realized just how much pregnancy would decrease my cardio and strength levels until I was pregnant. Somehow I’ve managed to continue to lift weights 2-3 times per week. Yet, my favorite workout in the first and second trimesters was walking. If walking is all you can manage, that’s a great pregnancy workout too! If you’re feeling up for something a little more intense, keep reading for my review of Beachbody’s pre and postnatal fitness programs.

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Pregnancy-Specific Workouts

Pre and Post Natal Barre Blend with Elise Joan:

This is a full program for all of pregnancy and postpartum. If you’re looking for a barre workout while pregnant, this is for you! Unfortunately I’m not a fan of barre, so instead of following the program as created, I’m mixing these workouts in with other workouts. I’m used to a difficult and different type of burn. However, it’s a great program for building functional strength for pregnancy, labor and postpartum. She even has workouts that are specifically designed to mimic labor!

I wasn’t feeling these workouts in the first trimester. Yet, towards the end of the second trimester I started to really enjoy them. Additionally, normally Elise is a little too positive for me, but by that point in my pregnancy it was nice to hear her celebrating my body and congratulating me for everything I’ve been doing.

Total Body Pregnancy with Idalis Velazquez:

Honestly, the first trimester workout was pretty fast-paced for how I was feeling. Luckily, I was able to pause the video to take the breaks I needed.

Active Maternity with Autumn Calabrese:

This was my favorite prenatal workout in the first trimester because Autumn gives us more breaks than the other programs do. I’ve repeated some of these workouts and I’m still loving them. They give me the perfect burn and a nice workout without wiping me out!

Pre and Postnatal Yoga with Desi Bartlett:

I’ve never been a fan of yoga but I did do one of these when I didn’t want to do an actual workout. It went okay but I’m not flexible, so some moves were uncomfortable; I was able to make some adjustments and still finish.

Yoga Booty Ballet, Baby on the Way:

I haven’t tried this video yet but it’s on my list!

Modified Barre Blend Originals:

These workouts are from the original Barre Blend program but were adapted for pregnancy. I haven’t tried these yet since there are plenty of pre and post natal barre blend workouts. However, it’s nice to have these as another option.

Normal Programs that can be Modified for Pregnancy


This is actually the program I was doing when I found out I was pregnant. I was able to continue it (with extra rest days) and still complete it, which was nice because I always feel accomplished when I finish a program. It’s 25-35 minutes a day.

Fire & Flow:

I’m about to start this program as I head into the third trimester. I think it will be a great fit. It’s only 30 minutes a day, and every other workout is a low impact recovery day with the creator of Pre and Post Natal Barre Blend. I’m even thinking of doing the prenatal-specific barre workouts on these days to prepare for labor.

Let’s Get Up:

If you’re into dancing, this is the program for you! It’s beginner-friendly. I’m planning on doing it in my third trimester when it’s hard to move, I don’t feel like working out, and when I need a pick me up.

Country Heat:

This is another dance program on my list for the end of pregnancy. I’m saving it for when I don’t want to move.

21 Day Fix:

One of Beachbody’s most well-known programs, it has pretty simple moves, is only 30 minutes a day for 21 days, and has a modifier that shows how to decrease the intensity of the workout. Also, knowing Autumn (she likes to talk), you’ll probably get more time to breathe than some other programs. (You might want to skip the “Dirty 30” workouts when your belly starts to get in the way.)

Hammer & Chisel:

This is a heavy lifting program. You can choose whatever weights are best for you and your situation. It has minimal cardio if you’ve been having a hard time catching your breath.


This lifting and HIIT program is nice because it gives you 3 rest days per week! It also includes a modifier you can follow to decrease the intensity of the workouts.

Turbo Fire:

If you want low-impact workouts, this is a good option for you.


This program is only 25 minutes per day and has a modifier you can follow to decrease the intensity.


You don’t ever need to lay on your belly, so this bodyweight program is a good fit for the second and third trimesters.

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I know working out during pregnancy can be hard. Nevertheless, there are so many benefits to moving your body, especially during pregnancy! If all you feel up for is a walk, do that! On the days you have more energy, try a program that’ll help get you strong for pregnancy, labor, and beyond!

Best Pre and Postnatal Beachbody Programs

Sarah's a boy mom, wife to her high school sweetheart, and part-time expat due to her husband's job. In her free time, she loves walking in the sunshine, cooking, and spending time with her husband.