Before our babies arrived (which feels like a lifetime ago!), there was a point in our pregnancies where our usual workouts didn’t always feel right in our bodies. We craved movement, but we wanted to do it in the most mindful way possible and focus on strengthening the muscles we’d need for labor and delivery.
We spent our second & third trimesters exploring a bunch of prenatal workouts in SF, both separately and together (fun fact: that’s how we became friends!). Below are our top 3 picks based on our own experiences, and we’ve also included a list of all the city’s prenatal classes we’ve since come across.
Hope you enjoy, mamas — and if you have any questions about working out during pregnancy, feel free to send them our way!
1. Prenatal Yoga w/ Jane Austin
Jane Austin (yes, that’s her real name!) is a legend in the Bay Area when it comes to all things prenatal. She teaches 4 prenatal classes a week at Yoga Tree in the Mission (plus baby + me right after) and had us hooked from our very first class. Expect gentle yoga stretches to help prepare the body for birth, along with fun tidbits and advice from Jane’s own experience as a mom and midwife. Jane also teaches prenatal partner workshops and online classes which you can find on her website. Check out our full review here.
where: yoga tree on valencia (yoga tree has multiple bay area locations with other prenatal yoga classes - see our full list below)
when: MWF 10.35am - 12pm, sat 9:30am - 10:55am
price: $24 drop in, new clients get 2 weeks unlimited for just $25, plus packages and classpass for existing clients
2. Pre/Postnatal Pilates @ Mighty Pilates
The pre/postnatal reformer class at Mighty is a great balanced workout for both expectant and new moms. We attended these classes throughout our pregnancies for when we wanted a little more challenge than Prenatal Yoga but not quite the intensity of barre. Since you’re on the machines, the classes are kept small, plus they have eucalyptus towels for post-workout, which living with toddlers sounds like the best thing in the world right now.
where: 3654 Sacramento St in Laurel Heights
when: Mon 11am, Tues 5:30pm, Sun 11am
price: $40 drop in, new clients get 3 classes for $79, plus packages & classpass
3. Prenatal Yoga @ The Mindful Body
We religiously attended Rachel Yellin’s Monday evening class during our pregnancies, and while she’s no longer teaching to pursue her own childbirth education business, The Mindful Body is known for its prenatal yoga, and you really can’t go wrong with any of their instructors. Expect gentle stretching and education on labor relaxation techniques, with the opportunity to hear from other expecting mothers. This studio also offers workshops and prenatal massages, which is always a nice treat!
where: 2876 California St in Pacific Heights
when: Mon 6:30pm, Tues, Thurs & Sat 9:30am
price: $24 drop in, plus packages and classpass
Other Prenatal Classes to Explore in SF
The Pad (Cow Hollow): Tues 6:15pm, Sat & Sun 10am
Yoga Tree (multiple locations): Mission Mon-Fri 10:35am, Sat 9:30am, Potrero Mon & Weds 6pm, Tues 10:45am, Sun 10:30am, Telegraph Tues 9am, 6th Ave Sun 11am
Yoga Garden (Nopa): Prenatal Yoga Weds 6:15pm, Sun 11am, Prenatal/Mom & Baby Weds & Fri 10:30am
Practice SF (Cow Hollow): Prenatal Yoga Tues, Thurs & Sat 9am, Weds 5:45pm, Prenatal Strength Fri 5:30pm, Sun 9:45am
Yoga Phamily (Mission): Prenatal Yoga Mon & Weds 12pm, Weds 7am, Thurs 6pm, Fri 9am, Sat 9:30am
EHS Pilates (Mission): Preggo Prenatal Pilates Mon 5:30pm & 6:30pm, Thurs 5:30pm, Sat 9am
The Pad (Cow Hollow): Pre/Postnatal Pilates Reformer Mon 7:30am, Tues & Thurs 10am, Weds 5:30pm, Sun 9am
MNTSTUDIO (SOMA): Pre/Postnatal Pilates Reformer Mon & Thurs 12pm, Sun 11am (child care is offered on sundays if you have an older child)
The Bar Method (Marina): Bar Pre Natal Sun @ 9:45am (plus child care is offered)
The Dailey Method (Cow Hollow, Mission, Downtown): we are both instructors there and took classes up until our deliveries (just make sure you chat with the instructor before class!)
Studios with Prenatal Events & Workshops
Have a great prenatal fitness class to add to our list? Keep the recommendations coming!
We’ll also be posting a separate list of postnatal classes you can do with and without baby, so keep an eye out for that…
and as always, keep moving mamas!