As moms, we know how stressful it can be to figure out what Shred415 floor exercises you can (and cannot) do when pregnant. Here are some tips:
- While most women can safely exercise on their backs throughout their pregnancies, if you feel dizzy or uncomfortable, change your deck to the incline for exercises like chest press on your back. (Ask the instructor before class how to adjust your deck.)
- For any standing exercises, stand up straight with your chest high, pelvis slightly forward, shoulders back and relaxed. Don’t lock your knees. Use a wide stance for a good base of support and keep weight equally distributed between sides.
- Love planks? You can do a regular plank for the 1st and possibly 2nd trimester, but once your belly starts quickly getting larger, bring your knees to the floor.
- For anything with a twist (Russian Twist, bicycle crunches, lunges with a twist), try standing side oblique crunches, or you always have the option to do bicep curls, shoulder press or triceps with weights.
- When the class is on their backs doing ab exercises, a great option is come to your hands and knees and lift your leg for fire hydrant or take your leg straight back and lift up and down. Then continue to the other side. Trust us, it is important to strengthen your glutes and hips before you have a baby. If the class is using a band, put it around your ankles and do tick tocks, or come to your hands and knees and do fire hydrants with the resistance band on.
Physical Benefits of Exercise during Pregnancy:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and insomnia
- Improved posture—fewer aches and pains
- Increased cardiovascular and physical strength for lifting and carrying a baby and heavy baby equipment!
- Aids in quicker postpartum recovery
*Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.