BabyFit's prenatal fitness instructors Nicole Nichols and Jen Mueller demonstrate a short and effective abs and core exercise routine with a band and a ball. These exercises are suitable for all trimesters of pregnancy. Catherine Cram, author of "Fit Pregnancy for Dummies" and one of BabyFit's Resident Maternal Fitness Experts, approved these videos and their content.
For more information about this video, please scroll down to read the text below the video player.
About This Workout
Length: 7 minutes
Equipment: Stability ball, resistance band
Type of Workout: Strength training (toning) & flexibility
Muscles Worked: Core (abs, obliques)
Fitness Level: Beginning to advanced; all stages of pregnancy and postnatal.
Impact: No impact
Safety Precautions: Get clearance from your doctor or a health care professional before beginning any exercise program. These exercises are considered suitable for all three trimesters of pregnancy and postpartum, as long as you have clearance from your doctor.
If you're new to exercising with (or on) a stability ball, practice caution and progress to more challenging exercises only when you feel comfortable. For greater stability and to reduce your risk of injury, make sure your knees are positioned directly able your ankles (not above the toes) when lying on the ball.
Extra Tip: Only complete as many exercises as you can using good form, taking a break as needed. As you progress, try to finish the entire video.
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