Continuing from last week’s Pregnancy Workout (part 1) I talked about the numerous planks I incorporated. I think I was understating that statement. I forgot how much I really was obsessed with doing any and every form my body could handle. (Again, please see part 1 for “disclaimer central” on preggie exercises)
Kristen’s Pregnancy Workout (part 2): 2-3 sets of each exercise
1. Ball Planks – hold for 5-10 seconds
2.Plank with leg lift – 20 reps (10 per side)
3. Side Plank with twist – 10 reps (5 per side)
4. Side Lunges – 20-30 reps (10-15 per side)
I love this because it looks quite easy, but don’t get too excited yet! Doing a simple plank on the ball is a great challenge for the core and balance. You can also pair with Ball Pushups if you feel comfortable. If the belly isn’t appreciating this move, skip the ball and just do a regular plank! Belly Knows Best is what I say!
PLANK WITH LEG LIFT
The inner fitness nerd is out again! I love the balance, strength, stretch combo this exercise brings. If you can’t see it well enough, it’s simply getting into a plank, then bring one knee into your chest and finally, extend out and hold for a few seconds. Then go back 2.b and continue back to 2.c!
SIDE PLANK WITH TWIST
I featured this in a 5 minute workout a few weeks ago. When belly takes over, eliminate the reach.
The moves in these 2 workouts are pretty much at the top of my Fitness Pregnancy Hall of Fame!
I tried to “move” everyday even if it meant a short walk but I was very lucky in that I ran 3-5 times a week throughout. If you are running after the second trimester, I highly recommend running at a gym or somewhere with a close bathroom because let me tell you that in even a short run, I used the bathroom every 5-10 minutes. Good times!
Holding plie’ squats or getting into a deep plie’ squat and holding it for up to 10 seconds is great for “the baby having area.” Anything for the inner thigh muscles basically. I did take a pic of this but didn’t feel particularly comfortable showcasing that gem on here! Stretching in general is very important for childbirth because you never know what crazy position the doctor will have you in or what positions will make contractions more comfortable.
Pregnant or not, all of these exercises rock in my book! They’re challenging yet safe if your body is in the right shape. If you are pregnant or have had a baby, are there any exercises you swear by?
Let me know if there is anything else you’re curious about that I did during pregnancy or if you have questions about working out while expecting!