It is funny how each pregnancy can be so different, but yet also so alike.

With my pregnancy with Everly, I had a ton of energy. I ate healthy. Worked out regularly. Fell asleep ridiculously early (… like 7PM early…) and had no morning sickness.

This pregnancy is quite the opposite.

I don’t feel like eating much of anything, and when I do I try my best to pick healthy options. I am totally lacking energy. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I’m one tired Momma. As a result, I am a lot more irritable. Morning sickness may be to blame for the irritability too. Oh, and the only similarity to my last pregnancy is that I still fall asleep ridiculously early. Mind you this time around I have little one waking me at all hours of the night.

So as you see while this pregnancy is different, it is also similar to a certain degree.

Something I have been trying to work on recently is finding the time to fit in a 30 minute workout at least 5 times a week.

There is no denying that I am a fitness addict. I love working out. However, I have been a lot more sluggish recently. Of course when it comes to pregnancy it is important to listen to your body and if it is screaming at you to rest… Then it is important you rest.

My problem isn’t that I need rest. Rather that I am a total lazy bones (see: lack of energy).

I find the days that I am consistent with drinking 8 glasses of water and also fitting in the time to workout that I feel so much better. My mood vastly improves, as does my energy. Not only that I find exercising causes temporary relief of all the back pain, abdominal pressure and pain that I feel quite often as result of my uterine fibroid. What better incentive do I need to get off of my tushy?

Of course, I find a handful of  my favourite prenatal exercise DVDs gives me that extra little push of motivation too.

When I am not doing Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project or Tracey Mallett’s Fit for Pregnancy, you can find me often flocking to my handful of Pilates and Barre DVDs. I’m quite enjoying Suzanne Bowen’s BarreAmped Sleek & Toned Prenatal Workout at the moment.

What I love about the Prenatal BarreAmped is that allows me to challenge my body during pregnancy. It may not be an overly intense workout, but one that not only allows you to build upon your cardiovascular strength while also toning your body and preparing you for the big day.


My favourite sections of the DVD are the arms, cardio tone and flexibility. However when I am in the mood I will perform all the exercises on the DVD, which runs for approximately 70 minutes total.

It is so easy to get lost in BarreAmped. It is one of those workout programs that just lures you in. You don’t have to complete a certain number of reps. It is all time-based. You just do what you can and have fun while doing it. Suzanne just has that fun-loving energy about her that you are just drawn to and she is very thorough in her instruction. I always find myself smiling while exercising to this DVD.


When I first began working out to this exercise program, I was able to perform all the moves at the level Suzanne was. However, I find now that I am nearing the end of my second trimester that I require more support and that’s perfectly okay. For the most part, I will do a few reps at Suzanne’s level before moving on to the modifications. This really is the exercise program that lets you workout at your own level. You do what makes you feel comfortable.

So on those off days when I really don’t feel like working out I pop in BarreAmped Sleek & Toned Prenatal Workout, and I promise myself that at the very least I will get through the warm-up and one section (each section is approximately 14 minutes). By the end of the 14 minutes, I always find myself rearing to move on to another section and sometimes if I am feeling overzealous… I’ll do another. If not, I wrap up with the flexibility segment. You know what? I am always glad at the end of the workout, no matter how short, that I persevered and got ‘er done. If not for the extra energy, but knowing that I worked out for me and my my baby makes it all worth it.


Want to try out a copy of BarreAmped Sleek & Toned Prenatal Workout for yourself? Here’s your chance to win a copy!

* This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Giveaway ends December 4, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review purposes. No other form of compensation was received. All opinions are those of my own.

13 Comments on BarreAmped Sleek & Toned: The Prenatal Workout That Will Strengthen Your Body & Leave You Smiling! #DMBabyOnTheWay

  1. nicolthepickle
    November 12, 2015 at 6:56 am (2 years ago)

    I can’t actually find her blog from the link in the form.

    • Nicole
      November 12, 2015 at 7:01 am (2 years ago)

      Oh no. Sorry about that! It appears the link was shortened when I copied it over. I have since fixed it. In the meantime, here is the direct link:

  2. nicolthepickle
    November 12, 2015 at 11:28 am (2 years ago)

    I like Suzanne’s lower body prenatal workout.
    Also I have a question for you, since I know you read them and respond. Did you have a really hard time working out in the first three months? I found that I was sick and when I wasn’t whatever energy I had was put into dishes and laundry. I recently read that you’re only supposed to gain 1-2 pounds in the first 12 weeks. *coff* I think I’m having triplets. 😛

    • Nicole
      November 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm (2 years ago)

      I always have had a really hard time working out during the first 3 months. Between the exhaustion and sickness, it kind of made it impossible. My way around that was to try to get out a few times a day for a 15 to 30 minute walk. It may not have been the most effective workout, but it was something that got the heart pumping and body moving. I found it usually wasn’t until around the 14 to 16 week mark that I could really find the motivation to dive into any prenatal DVDs and give it my all.

      • nicolthepickle
        November 17, 2015 at 1:32 pm (2 years ago)

        Good to know I’m not the only one.

  3. kathy downey
    November 12, 2015 at 12:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks i enjoyed the piece on Hydration Tips to Wake Up Your Metabolism

  4. Dayna Wilson
    November 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I like the article about active recovery stretching.

  5. Victoria Ess
    November 20, 2015 at 10:54 pm (2 years ago)

    The Hydration Tips to Wake Up Your Metabolism was really informative!

  6. charityk
    November 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm (2 years ago)

    classic lower body barre prenatal workout

  7. Patrick Siu
    November 26, 2015 at 7:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I find “Happy Thanksgiving Stress Relieving Stretch” interesting

  8. ashleigh swerdfeger
    November 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I am always interested in prenatal exercises 🙂 I like the chocolate cake article!

  9. Meghan B
    December 4, 2015 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

    The stress relief with stretching looks interesting

  10. Em Mahr
    December 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm (2 years ago)

    I was intrigued by the article on Hydration Tips to Wake Up Your Metabolism


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