NOTE: This exercise routine is intended for use before and after pregnancy. Postpartum women need clearance from a health-care provider before starting a workout regimen. |
For more information on regaining strength in the abdominals after pregnancy, read Post-Pregnancy Core Rebuilding.
If you are recovering from a cesarean section make sure your incision is fully healed and your doctor has given you the go-ahead to get started with abdominal strengthening exercises before using this video. When you do get started with these exercises, take frequent breaks, and go at a pace that feels comfortable. Don't force any exercises or push to the point of discomfort. It will take time for your body to build or regain strength, so slow, careful progression will help you build muscles without injury.
If you experience any discomfort or pain while doing any of these exercises try modifying the movement by slowing down the pace and shortening the length of movement, or stop and rest at more frequent intervals. If modifying the exercise doesn't reduce discomfort, then discontinue that exercise.
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About This Workout
This workout will help you strengthen (and stretch) your hips, glutes and thighs-without any equipment. Coach Nicole from SparkPeople will take you through one short set of 6 Pilates exercises (plus stretches). If you're new to Pilates, we recommend that you watch our short Intro to Pilates video first.