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Is it safe to do abdominal exercises during the first trimester?

Many times when women find out they are pregnant they are elated with the news, but it doesnt take long for them to begin asking questions about their figure, working out, and the like. One question many women have is whether or not it is safe to continue with abdominal exercises during the first trimester. The answer, much to the relief of many women looking to stay in shape as much as possible, is that yes it is ok to continue abdominal exercises.

Exercises like reverse curls, crunches, leg lifts, and most other abdominal exercises are ok to continue during the first trimester. Even after your first trimester abdominal exercises may be continued although not in the same way as before. There is a very good reason why you should do abdominal in the non traditional way after your first trimester and that is because you dont want to lie on your back and compress your vena cava. This is the artery that returns the majority of your blood and provides oxygen to the baby so you dont want to put too much pressure on it.

By the time you find out you are pregnant the first trimester may be close to being over so if you want to continue your abdominal exercises you may be especially interested in the exercises that are appropriate for the second and third trimesters.

One exercise is to start on your knees and forearms and breathe out as you contract your abs and pull your belly button and inward towards your backbone. As you release inhale. This is commonly called the pelvic tilt.

The second exercise works for the oblique muscles. You should lie on your side with your knees bent to a 45 degree angle. As you move your rib cage towards your hip bone exhale and contract your waist and then inhale as you release and lean back.

Kegel exercises are also important during the second and third trimesters and should be done regularly to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.

Now that you know what exercises you can do during your entire pregnancy you have no excuse for not staying in shape while you are pregnant!

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