4 Pregnancy-Safe Workouts

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

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Supine Hip Bridge, Dumbbell "V"

a Allison Busacca on Apr 9, 2008 at 10:08AM

-- Lie on your back with your feet shoulder-width apart.
-- With a dumbbell in each hand, use your arms to form a "V" with your chest.
-- From this position, push your hips to the ceiling, pause, then slowly lower your hips to floor.
-- Tap the floor with your back and glutes, then repeat.

Body bonus: This exercise, designed for the first trimester, focuses on the buns and the inner and outer thighs, which helps these areas bounce back quickly after pregnancy.

The bridging also works on core stability, which is important, as pregnant women experience a shift in their center of gravity during pregnancy.

Gabby says: You can feel the muscles really working, but you don't feel as if the strain is putting you in jeopardy. This exercise helps coordinate several muscles at once, which will improve your workouts in general.

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