4 Pregnancy-Safe Workouts

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Allison Busacca on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:12AM

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Dumbbell Overhead with Ball

a Allison Busacca on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:07AM

-- Lie on your back.
-- Place two dumbbells at your hips.
-- Place a stability ball between your ankles and straighten your legs to a 90-degree angle.
-- Holding dumbbells, place your hands at your hips.
-- With straight arms, raise the dumbbells overhead until they touch the ground.
-- Gently tap and return to your hips. Repeat. Keep your legs raised throughout.

Body bonus: This exercise, designed for the first trimester, stretches and strengthens the back of the arms and shoulders. The upper body tends to get pulled forward during pregnancy, and this exercise helps to counter that.

Gabby says: This exercise is great for working hard in little bursts. I love the fact that it works the abs and legs the entire time.

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