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Can I perform abdominal exercises throughout my pregnancy?

Yes, it is safe and can be very beneficial to perform abdominal exercises throughout pregnancy.  Maintaining strong abs during pregnancy can help with the process of giving birth, may limit stress to the lower back, help to prevent separating of the abdominal muscles (known as diastasis recti), and aid in recovery from childbirth.  Check with your doctor first to make sure it is okay to particpate in a resistance training or core training program during your pregnancy.  If you receive clearance from your doctor, one exercise to consider is the standing cable torso iso-rotation.  If this exercise is too challenging to perform standing up, it can also be done while seated on a stability ball.

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