5 Ab Workouts For Pregnancy

 abs, pregnancyI’m 14 weeks now (yeah!) and feeling pretty good. I’m finally moving from that ‘she looks chubby’ stage to, ‘she looks pregnant stage,’ which I always welcome.  This is my first pregnancy that I have done more than just running while pregnant. This time I am also adding light weights, and abs. I’ve been researching safe ab workouts to do while pregnant and found some pretty interesting material.

Most of the articles state that abs are okay to do in the first trimester but to be  more cautious in the next two. They also caution against doing abs on your back as it can cause the mothers blood pressure to drop.  However, the articles also state that doing abs throughout your pregnancy will help in your delivery as well as your recovery. Thus, I have focused on  abs that will keep my baby safe and help me maintain my strength. Dont forget to grab a comfy pad! My husband got me this one that is extra thick, which I love!

I personally like these workouts because they work your obliques or love handles. This is great for me because I have to get cesarean sections so my abs get cut in half anyway. Having my obliques stronger will hopefully ease the recovery as I will have to depend more on that muscle group opposed to my incision area. The less pain the better in my opinion!

As always, we suggest consulting with your doctor first to see if these are safe for you. Remember to listen to your body. If something is pulling in a way that it should not be pulling, stop and try something else. Good luck and start feeling the burn!

While holding onto a chair, reach out to create a flat plane with your body. Next, twist at the abs and bring your knee to your elbow. Do this for 30 seconds then switch sides. Do 3 sets.

Hold a side plank for 30 seconds. Be sure to keep your hips off the ground. Switch sides and repeat. Do 3 sets.

 Lay on your side and do a crunch. Focus on flexing through your obliques rather than just lifting your neck up and down. Switch sides and repeat. Do 2 sets.

 Seriously these look like they are a joke but they have left me SO sore. Switch from side to side while reaching toward the ground. Do this for 3 minutes at a quick and controlled pace. Focus on lifting up with your oblique instead of with your legs. Do 1 set.

These are similar to the side reaches except you balance on a ball. When your belly gets bigger you’ll have to widen your stance to maintain balance. Move from side to side for 3 minutes. Do 1 set.

***This article was written in September 2013

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3 Responses to 5 Ab Workouts For Pregnancy

  1. Meg @ Sweet Twist February 28, 2014 at 7:10 am #

    So helpful, I am 18 weeks and always try to do some light abs with the my workouts.

    If you are on android I found this great app called Pregnancy Workouts and Tips. It has a lot of different strength training exercises, some abs, bit of cardio and stretching, all for pregnant women and even the women doing the exercises are pregnant. It might be on ipad too, not quite sure.

    • Stacie February 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

      Great! i’ll check it out!

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