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I wrote this exercise plan along with my Big Belly Workout #1 to rotate every other day. I find it’s more interesting when a workout is changed up. I would like a third workout to add to the rotation, but haven’t come up with anything yet. Several folks have made comments to me about taking it easy, or not needing to exercise while pregnant: see my post on 7 Great Reasons to Exercise While Pregnant. This workout is low impact and big belly friendly. May you find the perfect workout plan for you in this season of your life, and may you be motivated to stay fit and healthy!
My Big Belly Workout #1
Approximate time: 15 minutes
I rotate this workout with my Big Belly Workout #1 . Once you run through the routine a few times it becomes second nature. I have this written down and when I do this routine I look at my list so I don’t have to rack my brain on what comes next.
Weights: You’ll need two dumbbell weights (for example: 8lb small dumbbell pair). Start with a weight level you’re comfortable with and increase as able.
- 10 Bicep Curls from a seated position (3 sets)
- 10 Triceps Extension from a hands and knees position (3 sets)
- 10 Dumbbell Row from a hands and knees position (3 sets)
ABS: Start with a time amount that you’re comfortable with and increase as able. I started with 10 seconds per exercise. A quick google search shows there are tons of different plank variations, so feel free to mix them up and find what you like best!
- Straight arm plank
- Right side elbow plank
- Left side elbow plank
- Reverse plank
- Forward elbow plank
- 2 minute Sitting Squat
- 50 Kegels
- 50 Pelvic Rocks
Stretch: Finish with three minutes of light stretching. I have a stretching routine, and assume other do too. Would seeing an example stretching routine be helpful?
Have you found your happy place with an exercise routine in pregnancy? What works for you?