I get this all the time … “Can I do AB exercises for pregnancy?” The answer is yes.
If done properly and ones that are safe during pregnancy, it can actually be beneficial.
So today I’m going to give you some tips on how to do them and give you 5 AB Exercises for pregnancy.
5 AB Exercises For Pregnancy (that are safe)
You know what can be TWO horrible things that happened during and after pregnancy?
1. Having back pain all pregnancy.
2. Having a “postpartum pooch” after having the baby and not being able to lose it for months or years, if ever, and looking like you are still pregnant for a long time after pregnancy.
I’m telling you, I know that these are things that are devastating to a pregnant woman/mom.
I know this because I have spent the last few years working with thousands upon thousands of pregnant women who do my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts. And I get to hear all about what they dread and fear about pregnancy and I also hear about what happened to them in previous pregnancies before using the Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts.
I know what the reason for these two things are, and it frustrates me like no other that the OB’s don’t know this by now and recommend that pregnant women do something about it.
There is ONE thing that you can do during your pregnancy that will help you prevent or lessen back pain during pregnancy and also can help you end up with a FLAT BELLY postpartum.
And what I mean by postpartum is like around a month or so.
Pretty insane huh?
But its true.
Look, these are my postpartum pictures after my second baby. My first baby was even better than this, I just didn’t document it better but I’ll show you a picture of my like 2 days after having my first baby.
Now this is me days after having my first baby…
I can’t remember exactly, but I think this was like 2 days after coming home from the hospital. So about 4 days postpartum. I just look bloated, like I have my period. And I just had a baby.
I’m no special.
I’m no different than you!
I’m not trying to brag, I just want to encourage you to take the same steps I did in order to make this happen.
I know you can, and given the tools and the right information, you can too!
So, want to know the #1 thing you can do to prevent or diminish back pain during pregnancy and be able to have a flat belly after having your beautiful baby?
I know, not rocket science, but more specifically WEIGHT TRAINING.
And even more specifically AB/CORE training.
Core training is actually so important during pregnancy and I talk all about the benefits of it as well as some Safe Core Training Tips here.
The Reason For Back Pain During Pregnancy
As your belly grows, your body starts moving differently.
Now your whole center of gravity is shifting you forward so your back is always trying to work harder to pull you back (so you don’t fall flat on your face LOL).
This weakens your core muscles (which you still have during pregnancy, they don’t just disappear) and your back muscles start to work overtime which is what causes your lower back specifically to hurt.
Can you see now why it is so important to keep your core/abs strong even during pregnancy?
When I talk about working your core and doing ab exercises during pregnancy, I don’t do it so that your belly doesn’t grow or to shrink your pregnant belly……….
I do it because its CRUCIAL to strengthen your deep lying ab/core muscles to prevent greater muscle imbalances, back pain and looking like your pregnant for months or years after having your baby.
By the way, did you know that exercise during pregnancy is good for your baby as well?
Check this out…
I mean, you have endless reasons why you should invest a little bit of your time, energy, and resources into your health and fitness during pregnancy.
But wait, I can’t go further without mentioning at least the fact that your Pregnancy Diet is also incredibly important because no matter how many core exercises you do, if you are over eating or EATING FOR 2 (check out my Tips on Eating For 2), you will gain excess weight.
What Happens When You Gain Excess Weight
- Belly grows bigger and faster.
- Growing belly can end up with STRETCH MARKS.
- Greater aches and pains (especially the lower back).
- Stretch marks in the hips, butt and thighs.
- Postpartum pooch (you will still look pregnant for months/years after baby).
- Harder to move during pregnancy (more uncomfortable).
Do you think its worth it?
Absolutely not! I promise you that.
I have helped so many pregnant women have healthy and fit pregnancies and feel amazing and enjoy their pregnancies and be able to get their body back quickly that I live to empower and encourage pregnant women to eat healthy and exercise during pregnancy.
By the way, make sure to checkout My Facebook Page, I just opened a new one just for my pregos. I post new workout ideas, recipes, and tips just all about pregnancy. And you can go on there and ask me any questions.
I look forward to connecting with you so make sure you go there and LIKE the page so we can stay in contact during your pregnancy.
Anyways, check out what some of these women say…
Pregnancy Nutrition Tips To Help You With Weight Gain
So here is what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to give you a NUTRITION GUIDE with exactly what to eat, all the RECIPES, good SNACK OPTIONS, etc. So that you can get an idea of how you should be eating during your pregnancy so that you can be healthy, be creating the best possible environment for your baby, and so that you don’t gain EXCESS WEIGHT so that you are not super uncomfortable all during pregnancy and feeling huge and self conscious. And so that you can lose all your baby weight fast postpartum.
I made this 2-Week Nutrition Guide to give away for FREE to all my pregos because I work with so many in my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program that always have so many NUTRITION questions. So, I figured I would make this in an easy to read, print and follow way to help you take the guesses out of how to eat optimally during your pregnancy.
If you follow it and you EXERCISE, you will not just have a great pregnancy but you will feel CONFIDENT, RADIENT, GLOWING. You won’t be uncomfortable and have aches and pains because you’ve gained so much weight. You will have an easier labor and delivery. You will sleep better, have more energy. And you will seriously decrease your chances of falling into POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION.
I can’t wait for you to get this Nutrition Guide, the recipes are amazing, and there are so many different options for snacks. You are going to love it. Download it here (It’s totally FREE): PREGNANCY NUTRITION GUIDE.
This is going to help you tons. I promise!
You can totally do this!
And hey, if you have been struggling with MORNING SICKNESS and that has been the reason for your lack of exercise or healthy eating, let me share some great tips that have helped hundreds of pregnant women get rid of morning sickness……. Tips For Getting Rid Of Morning Sickness.
And if you have been struggling with tons of FOOD AVERSIONS, here is a list of foods that will help you keep it healthy even though all your craving is CARBS….. Food Aversion Tips.
Ok, now lets get back to the exercise!
I want to share with you some AB exercise that are totally safe and will help you strengthen your core so that you don’t suffer from back pain because it can literally be paralyzing during pregnancy.
Just make sure you have MEDICAL CLEARANCE before you start exercising.
I put most of these core exercises in my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts. I think that is one of the reasons why my Prego Clients that do these always get such great results and lose their belly so fast.
5 AB Exercises For Pregnancy
2. The Cat
3. Side Plank with Hip Lifts
4. V-Sit Rotations
5. Incline Leg Raises
Here is a short video of all these exercises: Pregnancy ABS/Core Exercises.
Listen, if you are not sure of what exercises are safe to do during pregnancy or you are not sure how to put a pregnancy workout together, don’t worry.
I know how hard it is and its important to change up the workouts every 3-4 weeks in order to get results. It can be overwhelming and I know that you are overwhelmed as it is.
So I am happy to help you too!
You will love my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts, well…… You will love the results, that I can promise you, because I’m not sure if you love working out. But if you can make the effort to do so 3 times a week, you will get amazing results.
Check out some of the benefits of exercise during pregnancy here and for a little boost to motivate you, see what the NEWS has to say about Pregnancy Fitness & Nutrition.
Make sure to connect with me on Pinterest, I have tons of sample pregnancy workout and diet tips on My Pinterest Page, so make sure to go there now and hit Follow All so that you can have easy access to it all and its all nice and organized for you to find easily.
I also have tons of great healthy recipes too that will help you with your pregnancy diet.
Don’t forget to download your Nutrition Guide, it will help you tons.
If you start my pregnancy workout program, I will see you inside the program.
I have lots of tips for you and I can’t wait for you to see all the videos of the exercises.
Send me YOUR BUMP PICTURES, would be great to compare with after you have your baby….
So you can see how fabulous you will look.
I would also love to feature you and your beautiful bump.
Send them to email@example.com
Click here to start theFit Mom-To-Be Workout Program so you can have a really good, safe and effective pregnancy workout plan that you can do for the rest of your pregnancy.
If you are struggling with what to eat and different options that are SAFE for the baby and won’t make you GAIN WEIGHT, you will totally enjoy and get great use of theMMF Pregnancy Diet Plan.
- Full Meal Plan for entire pregnancy (know exactly what nutrients you and baby need).
- Increase energy & decrease fatigue with the best food combinations.
- Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes that will save you time in the kitchen.
- Helps reduce cravings so you eat healthier and gain less weight.
- Yummy and comforting meals so you can still enjoy eating.
It’s not too late to SLOW DOWN & LESSEN your Pregnancy Weight Gain.
If you exercise, you will see a huge change.
Less weight gain, not as fast and you will feel tighter, more fit, more energetic and less fatigue.
If you don’t want to spend 6-24 months postpartum losing your “BABY WEIGHT”, invest a little time, energy and possibly resources into your health and fitness this pregnancy. It will be so worth it when you are back at your pre-pregnancy weight in less than 3 months and feeling like yourself again.
If you need guidance, support and a safe exercise plan, you will love my Fit Mom-To-Be Workout Program (tested by TENS OF THOUSANDS of pregnant women).
And you can do it for your entire pregnancy (its not just a 12 week program).
Here is what you can expect:
- Less Weight Gain
- Less Stretch Marks and Cellulite
- Faster Labor & Delivery
- Faster Postpartum Weight Loss
- More Energy
- Less Aches & Pains
- Less Chances of Gestational Diabetes
- Better Sleep
What You Get:
- Monthly workouts that change every 4 weeks (which delivers the best results).
- No gym is required (2 versions available: home and gym).
- Exercise Videos & Pictures of every single exercise.
- Can view, access and download on any smart phone, tablet or computer.
- Private Facebook Group for support, community and questions answered by Michelle Marie.
- Monthly pregnancy nutrition tips to help you throughout your pregnancy.
To start your pregnancy workouts, click here: Fit Mom-To-Be