Why strong abs are so important during pregnancy
There’s a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding floating around about abdominal muscles and pregnancy. So let’s set the record straight…
Abdominal muscles can and should be exercised during pregnancy.
These are just a few of the many benefits of strong abdominal muscles during pregnancy:
- Helps with the pushing stage of labor
- Supports the spine and reduce back pain
- Assists with eliminations
Here are some abdominal exercises that are safe and effective to perform throughout your pregnancy.
1. Diaphragmatic/Belly Breathing
Instructions: This exercise can be done standing or sitting against a wall/in a chair/on a ball. Place your hands on your baby. Inhale, filling your lungs with air and feel your hands rise with your baby. Exhale, push the air out of your lungs and contract your abdominal muscles. Repeat for five breath cycles.
2. Pelvic Tilt
Instructions: In a standing or “all fours” position, inhale, then on the exhale pull the abdominals in and contract your glutes (tuck your butt under). Your lower back should be rounded. Release and repeat 10-12 times.
Watch this video for instructions and different variations of the plank: FFE Prenatal Plank Video