Are There Stomach Exercises I Can Do While Pregnant?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
I'm pregnant with my second child and I haven't got rid of my stomach from my son. I'm wondering if there are any exercises I can do while I'm pregnant and after to make my stomach smaller.

ANSWER

In a word -- no. I'm sorry to give disappointing news but this is not the time you should worry about reducing tummy size. This is a very common concern among moms and the good news is -- there are plenty of things you can after the baby is born. Right now, to do exercises specifically geared to your abs or reducing calories is both futile and harmful to the baby.

Now, you can do moderate exercise and watch your junk food/soda/sodium intake to keep your body from gaining TOO much weight during pregnancy. I have worked with women who came out of a pregnancy the same weight (and in a few cases a few pounds lighter) they were before. It is important that you 1) talk to your OB/GYN about this and 2) get a referral to a certified nutritionist who has worked with pregnancy women before. Together you can work out a great diet plan that will leave you energized, healthy, and full!

Beyond that, enjoy your pregnancy. Focus on having a healthy baby and we'll talk again after baby is born for working away your mommy tummy!

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!