Pregnancy Side Plank Exercise

Commonly Used For: Pregnancy-Related Pain.

Video Transcription: I'm going to show you how to do a side plank exercise, which is a good way to keep your core activated during pregnancy, when it's becoming more difficult to activate your abdominals. So what you're going to do is you're going to lay down on your side. You want to have your elbow, right directly underneath your shoulder, so you want to make sure it's not out like that, it should be tucked in, so that it's coming straight down from your shoulder. Your knees are bent, and stacked on top of each other. Just a little bit in front of your hips. And then what you're going to do is come up, until you're in a plank position, so straight out here. And hold that position, 30 seconds to a minute, or whatever is comfortable for you, whatever starting off position is okay. You're just going to hold that position right there, and you should feel it working in the core muscles that are closer to the floor there. And then you come down out of the position, and repeat on the other side. If that's too easy for you, you can extend your feet, keep your feet stacked one on top of each other. Arm is still here, still keeping that elbow directly underneath your shoulder. And again, you're just going to lift up, until you're in a nice straight position, and hold that around 30 seconds to a minute, depending on your level. And then come on back down, repeat on the other side. So that is your side plank exercise.


WARNING! These exercise demonstration videos are designed to be educational. Please consult with your doctor before attempting to perform any of these exercises. If you experience any pain or discomfort, do not continue the exercise. STOP and consult your doctor!