Abdominal Crunch Exercises for Pregnant Women

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Learn how to perform abdominal crunches, a safe and effective prenatal fitness exercise, from a professional personal trainer in this free pregnancy exercise video.

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The next abdominal exercise I’m going to demonstrate is a supine abdominal crunch. Again if this doesn’t make you nauseous or light headed go ahead and lie flat on your back, your knees bent, hands behind your head, and this of course is if you’re not experiencing any diastasis. Navel to spine, exhale lift very slow, very controlled. Good, it’s not about going fast or making this more difficult for yourself. You really want to control. Exhale as you lift, inhale as you lower. Keep your elbows back; keep your eyes focused on something on the ceiling so that you don’t pull on your neck. Exhale as you lift, remember those connective tissues on the joints soften a little bit, so you don’t want to stretch too much, you don’t want to pull your neck. Make sure the abdominals are tight as you lift and lower. Good you should not see those elbows out of the corner of your eyes. Again, you’ll know if you’re working your abdominals because you won’t feel an arch in your back as you lower. Perfect. Exhale lift, try not to push the abdominals up and you don’t want to see the bulge in your belly as you come up. If you do see that bulge you don’t want to come as high. Exhale – so keep looking down at that belly, make sure you’re not seeing the bulge. Exhale and inhale.

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