Online Prenatal Pilates Class with Shapes Studio Founder Paola Langella

Here at Seraphine, we are thrilled to be working with Paola Langella, Founder of online Pilates studio, Shapes. Paola is offering a free taster Prenatal Pilates class exclusively for Seraphine customers!

With winter drawing in & many of us locked down once again, now could be the perfect time to explore online fitness options. Take the free 20 minute class & read on to find out a bit more about Paola & her Pilates philosophy below.

Free Online Prenatal Pilates Class (20 Minutes)

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Meet Pilates Instructor Paola Langella

Paola Langella - Pilates Instructor & Founder of Shapes Studio

1) Tell us a Little About Your Background – How Did You Get into Pilates?

My background is in dance. I studied Ballet for 10 years in Italy before moving to London.

I discovered the healing powers of Pilates after suffering a serious neck injury caused by a fall when my dance partner slipped. As part of my rehabilitation, my doctor suggested I explore the Pilates technique to strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulder area. After a few sessions I felt much better, and once I understood the whole concept of Pilates (alignment, control, breathing), I was hooked.

I believe Pilates is a miracle for the body and I felt called to share this amazing technique with the world. After becoming a certified instructor in 2014 I taught for well-known studios in London as well as working with osteopaths to help rehabilitate their clients.

For the last two years I have taught clients one-to-one in my private studio in Notting Hill. And last year I launched, an online studio that helps people achieve their best shape physically and mentally, wherever they are in the world.

2) Is it Safe to Practice Pilates During Pregnancy?

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Prenatal Pilates can provide a safe workout for women in all stages of pregnancy. A few of the exercises are modified in order to ensure safe and comfortable movements for both mother and child, with emphasis on strengthening the back, exercising the pelvic floor, and increasing flexibility.

Of course, every body is different, and the repetitions and positions differ according to the individual’s stamina, stage of pregnancy, and bone structure.

Shapes Studio offers a Prenatal Pilates Package for £20 per month, which provides access to the prenatal videos as well as access to the Nutrition and Lifestyle Categories with tips to achieve a balanced lifestyle, managing stress, and improving diet.

3) And What About For Post-Pregnancy?

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After receiving the green light from your doctor to start exercising, Pilates is great for postnatal women as it provides a gentle, but effective workout. As well as stabilising and working all the small muscles of the body, postnatal Pilates focuses on reactivating the pelvic floor using the Pilates breathing and controlled exercises.

Certain positions will be avoided initially, and care needs to be taken to avoid overworking the back. Pilates helps rebuild stamina and can help to alleviate stress. The body will recover quickly if the workouts are consistent.

4) As a Qualified Nutritionist, Do You Have Any Tips For Pregnant Women?

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To prenatal women, I would say that establishing your baby’s gut microbiome starts before birth. A balanced microbiome can help build a strong foundation for your baby’s own gut health.

A few of the best ways to improve gut health are regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and enjoying a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, and fermented foods.

A probiotic supplement can also help, though you should consult with your doctor to confirm what type and dosage of probiotic (if any) is best for you.

5) Any Final Words of Wisdom?

Paola Langella - Prenatal Pilates Instructor & Founder of Shapes Studio

I believe consistency is key. If you can find five minutes to spare each day, use them for exercise. If you’re consistent, you will gradually set your standards higher and before you know it, you’ll be exercising for 20-30 minutes daily.

Also, health is not just about diet and exercise. A healthy lifestyle needs to be achieved by both the food we eat and the other ways in which we nourish ourselves, like a good exercise routine, a job we love, fulfilling relationships, a spiritual practice, financial security, exploring new things that stimulate our brain, joy, creativity, home cooking.

It is important, for prenatal women in particular, to have a balanced lifestyle during this amazing journey in order to make healthier food choices for yourself and your baby.

Join Shapes Studio

Paola Langella - Pilates Instructor & Shapes Studio Founder

The most popular user category on Shapes is the full annual membership, which provides access to all the classes – Dynamic, Cardio, Prenatal, and stretching.

I include a complementary 45-minute Health Consultation for all new Shapes members, so we can pinpoint areas you want to work on and help you achieve a flying start.

Pregnancy Diet: Healthy Recipes, Perfect for You & the Bump!

Hands up who’s still recovering from the Easter chocolate fest last weekend! You’re certainly not alone! Here at Seraphine we’re prescribing ourselves a much-needed health kick. Read on to find out which vitamins and minerals are most important for your pregnancy diet and why, and join us on our healthy eating mission.


Pregnancy Vitamins & Where to Find Them

Pregnancy vitamin wheel


Get all your pregnancy vitamins covered in your diet and you’ll really feel the difference. When your pregnancy diet is right, you’ll glow inside and out! Why not show off your glow with some stunning new maternity clothes.


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Healthy Recipes for your Pregnancy Diet

Stunning food blogger Madeleine Shaw is a certified nutritional health coach, who creates amazing healthy recipes & shares them on her blog, in her Instagram and in her beautiful cook books. And right now, she is expecting her first baby! We had a quick look through Madeleine’s recipes & chose a few of our favourites for breakfast, lunch & dinner to help you get your recommended pregnancy vitamins and minerals naturally from your food.


Healthy Breakfast

Madeleine’s overnight oats with milk, topped with fresh strawberries, nuts & seeds, washed down with a glass of fresh orange juice. Get the recipe>>

Start your day like this, and you’ll kick start your body in the best possible way. This quick & easy ultra-healthy recipe gives you a great boost of ALL 8 of your necessary pregnancy vitamins & minerals – what could be better?


Healthy Lunch Ideas

Madeleine’s black bean salad with roasted corn & fried eggs. Get the recipe>>

This is ideal for an easy light lunch. Packed full of protein and vitamin A, eggs are delicious and nutritious, while the beans and leafy greens provide plenty of folate.


Healthy Dinner

Madeleine’s brown rice pasta with broccoli, pesto, toasted almonds & peas. Get the recipe>>

A positive folate explosion, every ingredient in this quick week night dinner helps towards your daily folic acid requirement, as well as providing a healthy dose of vitamin A & C. Why not mix it up a bit by throwing in some shredded chicken to ramp up your protein & iron intake.


Best of luck with your pregnancy diet mama!

Pregnancy Superfood – Healthy meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner

Here at Seraphine we like to focus on the positives. When you’re pregnant it can seem like people only ever want to tell you about things you can’t do: no sushi, no alcohol etc. etc.

Well we like to tell you about the things you can do. We’ve put together a quick top ten of the fabulous foods that will work wonders for you and your growing baby. These are the pregnancy superfoods – packed with vitamins, minerals and rich in folate:


  • Avocado – folic acid, potassium, vitamin C & B6
  • Nuts – copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, calcium & vitamin E
  • Yoghurt – calcium, protein & folic acid
  • Wild Salmon – Omega 3, potassium, selenium, vitamin B12
  • Fortified cereals – folic acid & fibre
  • Cooked lentils – folic acid, protein, vitamin B6 & iron
  • Spinach – folic acid, iron, vitamin A & calcium
  • Broccoli – folic acid, vitamin A, C & calcium
  • Asparagus – fibre, folic acid, vitamin A, C & E
  • Eggs – low calorie, high protein & omega 3


We know this list might look a little bit scary with greens and minerals all over the place, but believe us, with a little creativity in the kitchen you won’t know what you were worried about!

We’ve put together a few simple meal suggestions which are quick, easy and oh so tasty:




Whether you’re lounging in maternity pyjamas, or up, dressed and busy already, beginning with a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day with plenty of whole grains, vitamins and protein.

Avocado & hardboiled egg on toast

Spread half a mashed avocado on a thick slice of wholegrain toast and top it off with slices of hardboiled egg and a sprinkling of salt & pepper. This tasty breakfast treat is quick and easy to make, packed with flavour, and will keep you going all morning.

Cereal with fruit and yoghurt

Or you could add a sweeter dimension to your morning with a bowl of fortified cereal, fruit and yoghurt. Fortified cereal is full of whole grains, vitamins and folic acid, and yoghurt is another nutritional over-achiever with all the calcium of milk plus added protein and folate! Add to this one or two of your five a day and you’ve got yourself a bowl full of goodness!




Salads are great for a light lunch in the middle of the day, and can be the perfect way to introduce some of the more unusual ingredients like lentils and nuts into your diet. Whether you’re rocking your maternity blazer at work or chilling at home in maternity jeans and a tunic, these healthy options are quick, delicious and nutritious!

Give Ricardo Cuisine’s spinach, lentil and asparagus salad a try. This bowl is simply packed with flavour and has a mega helping of those all important pregnancy superfoods!

Or why not try this warming salad from Mel’s Kitchen Café with spinach, bacon, apple, feta and sweet and spicy nuts – completely delicious at any time of the day!




In the evening you may be looking for something a little heartier. Lean meats like chicken or pork are great, and if you’re a salmon fan you’ll be pleased to know that this particular fish is safe to eat and full of fabulous Omega 3s to help your baby’s brain develop! Why not slip into one of your favourite maternity dresses and give these folate-filled recipes a try.

This spring chicken dish from the BBC is packed with fresh spring greens, broccoli and pesto. It tastes fantastic and is a great source of vitamins, minerals and that all important folate.

Or for a fish option, have a go at this baked salmon recipe with garlic and Dijon mustard from Natasha’s Kitchen.


Happy cooking, and bon appétit!


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Pregnancy Cravings: Celebrity Mamas & Their Weird Food Wishes

Craving something strange? You’re not alone! Apparently, around 2/3 of mums-to-be will experience strong pregnancy cravings throughout their 9 months. These cravings can be so strange that they make others feel unwell and so strong that you’d be willing to go to great lengths to satisfy them – waking up your other half in the middle of the night to make you a mayonnaise and vinegar sandwich is nothing!

We recently came across this great list on of the top 10 most commonly reported pregnancy cravings, and it got us wondering about what our favourite celebrities craved when they were pregnant…


Jessica Alba

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Currently expecting baby number 3, Jessica had a thing for watermelon during her second pregnancy. She explained to Latina: “Sometimes you can’t get a food out of your mind. I could always eat watermelon. With Honor, I loved fruit, too. It’s a decent craving… You still eat cheeseburgers and pickles — you just want watermelon really bad. I don’t deprive myself of anything. I eat whatever.”


Whitney Port

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New mama Whitney welcomed her first baby in July, but before she did, she shared a few of her top pregnancy cravings on her blog:  ‘So, I haven’t really had those TYPICAL cravings like needing to dip pickles in ice cream. But there are a few things that got me through my first trimester and are continuing to be staples in my second.’ She listed all her must-haves, including tangerine Juice, chocolate milk, black olives, and roasted and salted pumpkin seeds among other things.


Mila Kunis talks pregnancy cravings – watch the video

Now a mum of 2, Mila shared her pregnancy cravings with Ellen back when she was expecting her daughter Wyatt. Mila was all about vinegar-based foods like pickles and sauerkraut – husband Ashton Kutcher even put together a special ‘cravings fridge’ for her, filled with the stuff!


The Duchess of Cambridge

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The Duchess of Cambridge managed to keep most of the details of her pregnancies away from the public eye. But as well as a penchant for Seraphine maternity dresses, she was reported to be craving Haribo sweets and a very specific spicy vegetarian curry from a shop in her home town Bucklebury.


Binky Felstead

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Made in Chelsea star Binky recently welcomed her first baby – a daughter India Elizabeth. While she was expecting she craved all sorts of naughty things. She revealed to OK! Magazine that she’d been craving ‘Lots of carbs! I can’t get enough of pizza, burgers, fish and chips – anything naughty!’


Gwen Stefani

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Mama of 3 and Seraphine maternity clothes fan Gwen Stefani apparently craved fiery foods like chillies, and even carried a little bottle of Tabasco sauce around in her hand bag just in case!


If you’re having strange pregnancy cravings, don’t forget to check if it’s safe to eat during pregnancy – check out The Babble Out’s list of the top foods to enjoy & to avoid when you’re expecting.


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