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core-exercises-for-expecting-moms-videoThree exercises that will keep your abs and core strong during pregnancy.

It can be difficult to squeeze in exercise when you're pregnant (that's if you dare to even exercise). Pregnant moms can agree that adding a workout to their daily "to-do" list while carrying around a child isn't exactly the most exciting thing. But, engaging your core and keeping abs strong isn't as hard as it sounds.

Andrea Metcalf joins prenatal fitness expert, Andrea Hassberger, to learn about prenatal exercises.


Prenatal Core Exercises

Around the Clock Exercise

  1. Sit tall on top of a stability ball with knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
  2. Pull shoulders slightly back and pull naval into spine with core tight.
  3. Bend at waist going around mocking the even digits on a clock (2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00).
  4. Repeat, but going around the opposite way.

Seated Lumbar Mobility Exercise

  1. Sit tall on ball, naval pulled into spine, core tight.
  2. Move at the hips doing figure eights on the ball. This will strengthen your core and pelvic floor.

Seated March Exercise

  1. Sit tall on ball, naval pulled into spine, core tight.
  2. Put hands behind your butt on the ball. 
  3. Lift up one leg at a time, bringing the knee up. Exhale as you bring leg up.
  4. Once you feel comfortable with this, challenge yourself by reaching opposite arm to opposite leg.

Exercising while you're pregnant doesn't have to be a dreaded task. These exercise tips are simple and only require this one piece of equipment. Keep your body in shape while you're pregnant so after the delivery you will feel confident and sexy!

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