CORE EXERCISES that are safe during PREGNANCY
Staying active during pregnancy is great for your body, but you want to make sure you do it safely! These 7 core exercises are safe for all 3 trimesters.
1. BIRD DOG
Reach out with one arm and the opposite leg, then pull together under your body. Switch sides.
2. CAT / COW
This move is not only a great strengthening exercise, but also a wonderful stretch for your growing body! Actual cat optional. ;)
3. MODIFIED SIDE PLANK
While prone planking isn't advised after the first trimester, modified side plank is a safe way to strengthen your core.
4. REVERSE PLANK
Work your arms and core with reverse plank! From a seated position, lift your hips so they are in line with your shoulders and heels. Hold for 10 seconds.
5. IN & OUTS
Slightly lean back to engage your abs, then tap your heels out and back in. You can do both legs at once or one at a time.
6. SEATED MARCH
This move can be done on the floor, in a chair, or on an exercise ball. Keep your core stable and focus on contracting your abs with each rep.
7. MARCH AND REACH
A variation on the seated march, this move incorporates a slight twist as you reach behind you.
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