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VIDEO: Pregnancy Core Workout

Short, Effective Core Workout Using Dumbbells and Mat
-- By BabyFit

BabyFit's prenatal fitness instructors Nicole Nichols and Jen Mueller demonstrate abs and core exercises suitable for all trimesters of pregnancy. Follow this workout to strengthen and stretch your abs, obliques, hips and lower back and maintain good balance and posture during pregnancy and beyond! Catherine Cram, author of "Fit Pregnancy for Dummies" and one of BabyFit's Resident Maternal Fitness Experts, approved these videos and their content.

For more information about this video, please scroll down to read the text below the video player.

About This Workout

Length: 12 minutes

Equipment: Mat, chair and dumbbells

Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility

Muscles Worked: Core (abs, obliques), hips, back

Fitness Level: Beginner to advanced; all stages of pregnancy and postnatal.

Impact: No impact

Safety Precautions: Get clearance from your doctor or a health care professional before beginning any exercise program. These exercises are considered suitable for all three trimesters of pregnancy and postpartum, as long as you have clearance from your doctor.

Extra Tip: Only complete as many exercises as you can using good form, taking a break as needed. As you progress, try to finish the entire video.

Viewing Tips

  • You can pause or rewind the video at any time if you need a break or need to watch for closer instructions. We suggest watching the video one time through before attempting the workout.
  • This workout will take you through one set (8-15 repetitions) of each exercise. If you want to do more sets, simply replay the video until you finish 2-3 sets. You can also break up these sets into multiple, short workouts throughout your day, provided that you warm-up each time.
  • This video does not include music, but you can play a stereo or CD in the background as you workout. Just make sure you can still hear the instructions.
  • To play the video, simply click on the Play button (bottom left corner) to start.  Below the video screen, you'll find buttons for Pause, Stop, and volume control. 

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Member Comments About this Article
"I suffer from pubis symphysis and I could barely walk in my third trimesters. My doctor told me it was good to be as active as possible and do anything I could handle (which wasn't much). I'm 14 weeks pregnant with my third child and my symphysis area is already bothering me but I could manage this for now. Don't take what I say as medical advice but I would recommend not pushing yourself and when it gets uncomfortable, to stop." -- SOONTOBENUMBER3
"This was great-- really felt it in my back and shoulders, which tend to be tight." -- HOMEMAKINGMAMA
"Your medical provider or physical therapist would be the best to advise you with what specific exercises would be best for your specific condition." -- TONKA_14
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