First Trimester: Forearm Control or Plank - Prenatal Pilates Exercises by Trimester| Fit Pregnancy - Fit Pregnancy

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The best labor-prep Pilates moves for each trimester.

Miraculous changes happen to your body in each trimester of your pregnancy—but each phase presents new challenges, too. A custom Pilates workout plan like this one, designed exclusively for Fit Pregnancy  by Jennifer Gianni, creator of the Fusion Pilates for Pregnancy DVD series will help you stay fit and feel comfortable at every stage of your baby’s growth.

Forearm Control or Plank

Get on your hands and knees, then lower yourself until your elbows and forearms are on the floor. Lace your fingers together, keeping your elbows wide. Straighten one leg at a time until your body forms a straight line from head to feet. Lengthen your body from your head to tailbone, keeping abs pulled in. Pressing into your forearms, squeeze the muscles in both legs [shown].

Breathe deeply as you hold the position for 5 to 10 seconds, building up to 30. Rest by sitting back on your heels if needed.

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