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Quick and painless birth sounds like an oxymoron, but that was how Pauline Baroudi, a self-titled "gym freak," described her first delivery two years ago.Donna Saade developed the Preganacy Workout Program at Bouddha.While the classes are tailored for prenatal bodies, the workouts are no child's play.Ten minutes into Saade's class, I had already broken a sweat and was struggling to keep my form straight while doing Bosu ball-assisted pushups. For most of the session, participants use yoga balls, which Saade explains are good for balance and acquainting women with their changing shapes. Saade's is not the only fitness class targeting prenatal women.Exercise increases blood circulation, can alleviate stiff joints, boost energy levels and limit water retention and weight gain, Saade says.During her first pregnancy, Baroudi gained a modest 13 kilos and snapped back into her old form through Saade's postnatal program within three months of giving birth, Baroudi says. Like most of the women in Saade's class, Baroudi's doctor recommended she stay fit.
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