VIDEO: The Best Abdominal Exercises for Pregnant WomenKeep Abs Strong, and Repair Them after Baby Arrives
Use these exercises, led by BabyFit pre- and post-natal fitness specialists, to safely keep your abs and core strong during pregnancy, and use them to repair your stomach after the baby arrives and you're cleared to exercise. 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: 10 minutes
Equipment: Stability ball
Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
Muscles Worked: Core (abs, obliques), hips and lower back
Fitness Level: Beginning 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.
If you're new to exercising with (or on) a stability ball, practice caution and progress to more challenging exercises only when you feel comfortable.
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.
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