When we think of healthful lifestyle choices we generally consider requirements for a healthy diet and regular vigorous exercise. We want to be sure we're eating a wide variety of foods from the p ...View Article
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Posted on 01-31-2014
The following exercises are to develop the muscles around the trunk and pelvis as well as the arms and legs. Exercises will strengthen the muscles needed for labor as well as prevent backaches and swelling. If you experience any pain stop the exercise.
This exercise is more comfortable if you place a soccer-sized ball behind your back.
When your healthcare provider says it is OK, to begin abdominal strengthening you may add these exercises:
Once this exercise gets easy, raise one leg and the opposite arm together. Hold for 5 seconds. Lower your arm and leg and raise the opposite arm and leg up and hold for 5 seconds. Do 3 sets of 5 repetitions.
Another important exercise after pregnancy is the Kegel exercise. It strengthens your pelvic muscles. You can do Kegels anywhere--while you sit at a desk, wait for a bus, wash dishes, drive a car, wait in line, or watch TV. No one will know you are doing them. Here's how you do them:
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