Abdominal Exercise During Pregnancy
By Lisa Stone, ACE
Q. Is it safe to do abdominal exercises during pregnancy? When it is best to stop doing them?
A. Through your first trimester you can continue doing regular ab exercises (crunches, reverse curls, leg lifts, etc.)
After your first trimester you can, and should (!), absolutely continue working your abs, just not in the traditional way. You shouldn't do any exercises in a back-lying position at that point because your heavier uterus could compress your vena cava (the main source of blood return), causing abnormally low blood pressure and restricting the amount of oxygen getting to
That said, here are a couple of exercise suggestions for the 2nd and 3rd trimester:
You should also combine these exercises with pelvic floor or Kegel exercises
to get maximum benefit.
- Start in a quadruped position (forearms & knees), exhale as
you tighten the abs pulling the belly button in toward the backbone, inhale as
- You can work the obliques by starting in a side-lying
position with knees bent and at a 45 degree angle, exhale as you lift the rib
cage toward the hip bone, squeezing in the waist line, inhale as you lower.
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