Third Trimester

Old Wives' Tales of Pregnancy Exercise

Alexandra Powell Allred's picture


Dear Fitness Expert,

I have several questions about types of exercises can be safely done on an exercise ball in pregnancy.

Is it safe to put my tummy on the big ball to do exercises during the 1st Trimester?

I understand side crunches can be done on big ball during pregnancy. How about twisting of spine with legs on the ball (knees bent) while lying on a mat?

Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby's head is delivered through the vagina, but his shoulders get stuck inside the mother's body. This creates risks for both mother and baby. Dystocia means "slow or difficult labor or delivery."