First time Mommie 2 Be talks about safely working out your abdominals during pregnancy.
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Hello! I am Andrea Guzman again. Welcome to another episode of Mommie To Be time. Today I am going to talk to you about prenatal abs. When I first got pregnant I read all these things about prenatal abs are bad, don't do them, oh my gosh, you're going to hurt the baby, you're going to hurt your uterus. I have even had some doctors that I worked with say things about that, made comments on the side to me. But then I thought to myself that doesn't make any sense. If you're going to be using your abs and your uterus to push the baby out, you need this core as strong as it can be. Now of course, I am not saying do crunches but there are some exercises that I've been able to do. All you need to do for this exercise is first and foremost, please consult with OBGYN before doing any of these exercises. Okay! I have a yoga mat, I've a stop watch and of course I've water. This exercise I call the plank, I got it from my running club and excelled in able to do it now well in to 6 and a half months of my pregnancy. What I do first is, I square my shoulders over my hands and I go into a Plank position. What I am going to do is start my stop watch. Okay! There it goes. Now I am in this position for about 30 seconds then from hands I go to elbows and I switch down, keeping my abs in and keeping my back flat. Now if your back is sore, your belly is just too big or this doesn't work for you, you can do a modified version of this which is basically on your knees and you just keep the shoulders right over the palms. And that's it! Now I switch back from basically this position to my elbows for approximately 2 minutes. Now I don't recommend that you start this out doing 2 minutes. Try it out for maybe 30 seconds at first and again never start this exercise halfway through your pregnancy. This is something that I am hoping you'll pick up even before you became to become pregnant. Thanks again for Mommie To Be time. Bye-bye!