(Closed) pregnancy and abs / ab exercises

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
569 posts
Busy bee

I found this:

it’s at the end, the ab work. It’s not much, but I think it’s safe.

Post # 4
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve been wondering about what ab exercises are advised, too, but don’t have an answer. But I do think that having strong abs will make you show later. Sadly, that is not my issue, but I have a weak core/abs/back so I want to keep them as strong as possible so I have fewer issues down the line. 

I think if your abs are strong you also tend to carry a little higher– people kept telling my sister that she hadn’t ‘dropped’ yet, at the end, but she knew her bump was lower, it was just still higher than some other people’s. 

Post # 5
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would stick to exercises that engage the core but aren’t stictly ab exercises.  i.e. leg raises, standing crunches, jogging, swimming, power walking, yoga, etc. The risk of separation is more with straight ab exercises/crunches later in pregnancy; I do know someone who experienced it, and she did not have an easy time recovering, so I’d err on the side of caution.  

Post # 6
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@inspiredcreations:  +1 to this advice.

Crunches are ok for now, but you shouldn’t be lying on your back after the 1st trimester anyway. So it’s time to start thinking about new exercises.

It’s ALL ABOUT the strong core as always, but pregnancy adds a new incredibly important excercise – the SQUAT. Squats are pregnancy’s big ticket item – keeping those hips strong and flexible helps in labor supposedly). My yoga instructor wants us doing them in some form EVERY DAY (some days for strength and some for stretching).

So I would focus on lots of squats and similar leg exercises (lunges etc.) and then do dynamic weights with your arms that require core control. (e.g. squat thrusters).  As you get bigger everything that you’re doing gets harder and it will take less to get you tired. When you get more than halfway start moving into the pool if you can – can’t get a better full body workout.

Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

my doctor said after the first trimester, you can do floor abs (as long as your head and legs are elevated), and no more than 30degree crunches. 


One of the trainers at my gym taught a high impact cardio kickboxing class the entire time – which includes lots of “non-traditional” abs with kicks, knees, things of that nature. It was her second baby so she showed right away.  She literally taught the same day she gave birth, and when she went in to the hospital – the doctor barley made it on time – the baby literally slipped out! All those abs helped her.  

Post # 8
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I do Crossfit which doesn’t traditionally focus on ab exercises, but does use compound movements that definitely engage the core. In terms of exercises that do specifically target the abs, I’ve found planks (and the million variations thereof) and knees-to-elbows (hanging from the pull-up bar, raising knees to elbows) to be quite effective. Since I’ve 21 weeks, I find these allow me to target abs without laying on my back, which is to be avoided at this point.

I don’t think I could feel my uterus emerging from my pelvis until about 12 or 13 weeks, which I think is considered the “norm” for first pregnancies. Even then, it was just the very top of it, just above my pubic bone.

Post # 9
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I have very strong abs – when I got my c-section, the doctor actually commented on it because she had difficulty going through to get the baby…

Anyway… during pregnancy I continued working out until I was 6 days past my due date (LO came 4 days later).

I mainly did cardio exercises and kept my core contracted during those. I also did planks (on my knees towards the end).

With proper clothes, people at work didn’t notice I was pregnant until I decided to tell them at 19 weeks. At the end of my pregnancy, the bump was still small. I think it was great, but also annoying because some people would keep commenting on how my baby would be too small and unhealthy, but he was perfect (a little bit small but he has two small parents so we were expecting nothing different).

After giving birth, I had to wait to do ab work because of the c-section. I started at 6 weeks pp, and I was in better shape than I thought I would be – of course upper work was easier, but I was able to manage lower work as well.

My son is now 11 months and I still have about 8 pounds to lose. But my core is there, and you can see the muscles.. the skin is just thicker and it’s hard to get rid of it.

All in all, I can’t complain (well, not a lot). It’s hard work to get back to the shape you want and maybe you’ll never get there, but you probably still will look better than lots of people who never had babies in the first place.

Post # 10
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I asked my personal trainer and said after 2 months he stops ab work with his clients. He will continue to lift weights, run etc… he said basically everything you have already been doing except excercises that effect the adomen area

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