Pregnancy is a time where your food cravings take over you more often than not. Expecting mother often find solace in the guilty pleasures of tasty high calorie food. Though we are not asking you to curb those cravings totally, we would like to suggest 5 exercises that will help you stay fit during pregnancy.
1. Lateral Shoulder Raise
Begin in a seated position (either on a chair or stability ball) with a three-to-five pound weight in each hand. Hold weights on each side of your body with palms facing in. Feet are flat on the ground, and the spine should be in a neutral position with your abdominals engaged. Inhale slowly and as you exhale lift your arms to shoulder height, pausing at the top. Inhale as you bring the weights back to starting position. Repeat for 10-12 reps.
2. Standing Crunch
The Best Part of this exercise is that it’s a very gentle abdominal exercise that can be performed during all stages of pregnancy. Stand tall with your hands behind your head, feet about hip width apart.Keep your knees slightly bend. Inhale, opening your elbows out to the sides and lifting your chest. As you exhale, gently curl in towards your belly button, tucking your tailbone in. Your back should be rounded here, but do not strain your neck. Imagine your belly button coming in toward your spine. Inhale again to return to starting position. Complete 12-15 reps.
3. Side-Lying Leg Lift
Begin by lying on your left side with your left elbow on the ground supporting your upper body. Lift your right leg as high up as you can while keeping your hips stacked on top of one another. Slowly lower it to two inches above your left leg. Continue this movement for 20 repetitions on each side or until your leg feels fatigued.
4. Reverse Fly
Stand tall with a three-to-five pound weight in each hand. Keep your back flat and hinge from your hip so that you are in a bent-over position. Keep your knees nice and soft and only bend as far as is comfortable. Straighten your arms out in front of your chest with your palms facing each other, about two inches apart. As you exhale pull the weights away from each other and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Inhale to return to starting position and repeat for 12-15 reps.
5. Bicep Curls
Grab a pair of three-to-five pound dumbbells. Place one weight in each hand, palms facing out. Keep your knees soft and slowly curl the weights in toward your shoulders. Return to starting position and begin again. This is a slow controlled movement, so do not swing your arms or rock back and forth. Aim for two sets of 12-15.
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