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The No-Sweat Pregnancy Workout

  • Stand with your back against a wall, arms out, palms facing forward. Take a deep breath, exhale and slowly raise your arms until you feel resistance. Hold for 15 seconds. If you can't keep your hands on the wall, lower your arms until you can. Hold the position, then try to stretch up.

  • Sit on the edge of a stable chair. Put a resistance band (or a bathrobe tie) under one foot; grab each end. Take a breath, then exhale, slowly leaning back until you feel your abs contract. Hold for five counts. Return to starting position; repeat 10 times. Switch feet.

  • Stand with your feet wider apart than your shoulders, arms straight out to the sides, palms facing up. Take a breath, exhale and bend to the right. Keep your knees straight; don't twist your body. Slide your right arm down your right leg as you bend. Hold your leg or ankle a few seconds. Repeat on left side.

  • This pose is perfect if your muscles feel tight, which is common in late pregnancy. Slowly get down on hands and knees on a soft surface. Inhale deeply. Exhale and pull in your abdominal muscles, tailbone and butt. Pressing down on your hands, lift your back toward the ceiling so that your spine rounds. Return to starting position. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

  • Slowly get down on hands and knees on a soft surface. Hands should be under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Extend one arm until it's level with your shoulder. Extend the opposite leg until it's level with your hip. Hold for five seconds, then switch sides. Build up to 5 reps on each side.
  • Slowly get down on hands and knees on a soft surface. Hands should be under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Extend one arm until it's level with your shoulder. Extend the opposite leg until it's level with your hip. Hold for five seconds, then switch sides. Build up to 5 reps on each slide.

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