Pilates PreNatal Mat - 2nd Trimester Workout with Molly Niles Renshaw

PreNatal Mat – 2nd Trimester

Show Me...
Workout Tempo
Observe & Learn
Other Languages

Watch the preview

Now in her 25th week of pregnancy, Molly’s Pilates mat workout is keeping her feeling strong and flexible. You’ll want to have several pillows or a Small Barrel to prop your upper body up and to use for a few creative versions of familiar exercises. Starting with some gentle movements to warm up stiff joints you’ll move into a workout with options to challenge you if you’re feeling energetic. Molly puts extra emphasis on sculpting the arms and legs so you’ll feel toned and refreshed when you’re done.

What Others Are Saying


  1. hollowayheather 7 years ago

    I love the use of the small barrel in this workout. Especially for the prone exercises. Brilliant!

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 7 years ago

      I know, Heather! Doesn’t it feel good to be able to sort of be on the belly? Thanks for watching!

  2. jnewshel23 8 years ago

    I like this video, but I thought that pregnant woman shouldn’t spend so much time on their back after 20 weeks. Also, doesn’t curling the head up widen the diastasis?

    • Molly Niles Renshaw Author
      Molly Niles Renshaw 8 years ago

      Hi Jnewshel23, I’m so glad you liked this video! I know some doctors and pregnancy books/websites say never be on your back after 24-28 weeks because the extra weight of your belly and uterus can put pressure on the major blood vessel, the vena cava and possibly reduce blood flow to the unborn child. This is a hyper conservative and cautious view as the mother would have to be lying totally flat on her back for a long period of time for this to happen. My doctor said, let your body be your guide. If you feel out of breath or dizzy at any time, stop. If you feel comfortable and can breathe, you’re fine. In this workout I’m only on my back for a few minutes at a time and always propped up on a pillow or barrel. As for diastasis recti or abdominal separation, it is more common in women pregnant with multiples or who have had many children but you are correct, doing crunch-like moves are not good. You have to really engage the powerhouse correctly and work with your pelvic floor muscles (Kegels). In this video I say you should keep your head down unless it if it feels good to lift it. If you are prone to diastasis recti I think it’s best to work one on one with a Pilates instructor – a video just can’t give that tailored instruction you may need. This video is meant for a healthy pregnant woman but if anything ever feels wrong or very uncomfortable listen to your own body. Thank you for your comments! Molly

      • Alisa Wyatt

        Wow thank you Molly for this brilliant answer! I have always worried about both questions because so many doctors have varying opinions but now it makes sense.

Leave a reply