Baby Hip Bridges
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Lie down on the floor or a mat with knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Sit baby on your hips, resting against her back against your thighs. Gently hold her in position. Keep a space between your chin and chest (looking diagonal towards the ceiling). Engage your abs by pulling your belly button towards your spine. Press your weight down through your heels.
EXHALE: Slowly lift hips off of floor toward ceiling by squeezing your glutes and engaging your abs. Your body should be in a straight line from your knees down to your shoulders. INHALE: Slowly return to starting position to complete one rep. Aim for 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
Safety should be your main concern, for you and the baby. Make sure that baby is totally secure in all movements. If any exercise is uncomfortable or too strenuous with baby, try it without baby first. Squeeze glutes and abs during both phases of this exercise. Make it harder: Try not to let butt touch ground when lowering between reps. Photos and exercises courtesy of Stroller Strides, the country's largest fitness program for new moms. Learn more or find a location near you by visiting www.strollerstrides.com. To learn more about its founder, Lisa Druxman, click here.