Is It Safe To Do Sit-Ups While Pregnant?
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Reader Question: I’ve just discovered that I am pregnant and I want to make sure that I keep fit. Are there any types of exercises that pregnant women should avoid at all costs? I was planning on walking four times a week, but I’m not sure if I should continue with my morning sit-ups. Can you please advise?
Jessica says: Congratulations, that’s great news. You can definitely keep up with the walking. In relation to doing sit-ups, it’s best to avoid all exercises on your back after the first trimester. By your second trimester, lying flat on your back tends to lower your blood pressure, which could inhibit the blood supply and oxygen to the fetus.
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So avoid all sit-ups and instead do the plank. The plank is a really good stomach exercise. Kneel on all fours with your wrists directly beneath your shoulders and your knees directly beneath your hips, shins and feet extended behind you. Step back with your right foot and then your left foot, pressing your toes firmly into the ground.
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Keep your neck in neutral, breathing deeply as you hold the pose a minimum of 20 seconds. Take a break and repeat the exercise three to four times. Doing the plank during pregnancy can improve stability, increase energy levels, and significantly reduce lower backache, and strengthen your abdominal muscles which will help you during labour… Good luck!
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