Recently I’ve decided that staying in shape during pregnancy is kind of akin to staying in shape before your wedding. Hear me out. In a wedding dress, really, the only body part your guests will see, and what will show in pictures, is your arms. (Of course your entire body’s shape dictates how your beautiful dress fits!) But, really, as long as your arms are toned, you’re good to go. So in pregnancy, really all I can control is my arms, and my legs of course. Goodbye stomach control. The belly is on its own! I’ve tried to keep my legs in shape by walking, and keeping up a somewhat decent cardio shape. But for my arms, I’ve found that light dumbbell workouts have been my go-to! My trusty 10 and 5 pounders have become my best friends during my time away from the gym.
Here are a few of my favorite arm exercises I’ve been trying to make a habit:
Triceps Overhead Extension
One Arm Row
A few tips to keep in mind:
-Lift lighter weights, but increase repetitions. Pregnancy is NOT the time to become a bodybuilder and try to PR! Scale back as needed.
-Don’t lay on your back. After the first trimester, it’s a good idea to avoid any lifting from a laying down position.
-Don’t lift anything so heavy that your breathing is heavily altered. You want to avoid hearing that heavy exhale when you lift. If you are, you’re probably lifting too heavy.
-Weight training in pregnancy can help improve your stamina needed for labor and delivery. Having strong arms will come in handy, so keep it up!
-If any exercise EVER feels uncomfortable or painful, stop!
**I am not a professional by any means, these are simply the exercises that have worked for me.**
What arm exercises do you prefer? Did you make it a point to work your arms when pregnant? What is your favorite dumbbell exercise?