It is important to have good abdominal muscles to support your core while you are pregnant. These muscles help you to compensate for the inward curve of the lower back as your baby and uterus begin to grow. These muscles are used for good posture and stabilization of the back and spine during the pregnancy. Having strong abdominal muscles can help the pregnant mom avoid back, pelvic, and buttock pain.
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Paula Greer, Midwifery Nursing, answered
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredPregnancy not only stretches the abdominal muscles but can also make it difficult to regain their strength due to the pelvis stuck in an anterior pelvic tilt (when the top of the pelvis tilts forward) or separation of the linea alba (tendinous line down the center of the abdominal muscles that divides them into left and right halves).
Having one or both of these conditions means you must be extra vigilant about what you are doing in terms of exercise and daily activities. Therefore, it would help if you began abdominal strengthening exercises early in your pregnancy to gain a sense of how your muscles should perform and keep them as toned as possible throughout your pregnancy.
Find out more about this book:Fixing You: Back Pain During Pregnancy: Self-treatment for sciatica, back pain, SI Joint or pelvic pain, and advice for abdominal strengthening post partum.