Are Crunches Okay

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chrises wife - May 29

hi everyone me and my husband are expecting our first baby and we are so exited! we are both pretty young (19 and 21)and so this is all new to me i have always been a very active person and jog and do weights and crunches every day but now that i am 5 weeks pregnant do u think its okay to do sit ups or crunches or is there even a point anymore lol? im just so paranoid of miscarriage i dont wana hurt the baby!

 

E586467 - May 29

Sit ups & crunches are ok until your uterus pops out (from your pelvic bone). When your pregnant your stomach muscles separate to make room for your expanding uterus. If you do sit ups or crunches once your uterus pops out it puts ALOT of strain on your already strained muscles & can lead to permanent damage (muscles may not fuse back together properly after the birth). If you want to exercise your stomach muscles during pregnancy you still can but NOT on your back. One of the ones my physiotherapist told me was the cat stretch - on your hands & knees you brace your stomach muscles drawing them upward toward your spine, while stretching your back slightly upwards, than release relaxing back down again. You can do reps if you like. Also tensening & bracing your stomach muscles during the day can help (I used to do this one non stop while doing dishes). Hope this helps

 

chrises wife - May 30

thanks rather be safe than sorry

 

cakegirl - June 7

Yep, I agree with E586467. Ab work is fine until your uterus can't stay behind your pelvic wall any more - usually around 12 weeks.

 

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