As a mom-to-be, you have some experience carrying around extra weight. Your expanding baby bump is proof of that. But you’ll soon be faced with the daily task of toting your growing newborn—and all her gear. To help prepare your body for the constant lifting and holding to come, now is the time to strengthen the muscles you’ll use most as a new mom.
Holding dumbbells, stand with your feet farther than hip-width apart, toes pointing forward, arms at your sides. Bend your knees and sit back into a semi-squat as you reach your right arm overhead and left arm behind you. (This is one rep.)