Med Ball Workout For Pregnant Women
How to do med ball workout while pregnant. Here you will learn more about medicine ball exercised for pregnant women, how to do it correctly and safely. Doing med ball can strengthen your core muscles and help you as labor training to be prepared for labor.
Medicine Balls Are Safe Pregnancy Workouts
Medicine balls are heavy balls which are simply weights, they can be bought at different weight levels starting at 4 pounds and all the way to 20 pounds. Unlike metal weights (dumbbells or kettle bells) which can easily injure the person training, or can be dangerous to others when waved around, the med balls are designed for this exact exercises. Med balls are safe for pregnancy workouts because:
- They do not have metal parts,
- They are round and rather soft,
- They are easy to hold by two hands,
- Some of them can bounce (like the Valeo in the picture)
- Can be thrown from one another,
- Can be used safely at home
- Med Balls are safe for children
Med Ball Pregnancy Labor Workouts
Here is an example of a woman who shows how she trains with medicine balls while pregnant. The exercise she shows is strengthening her labor muscles with wide squats.
Pregnancy Med Ball Exercises
A pregnant women at Stumptuous.com shared her workout plan added these dos and don’ts for weightlifting exercises for pregnant women.
General rule: use lighter weights than you would in a non-pregnant state.
Some obvious do’s and don’ts (some out of the Duh! box):
- don’t start a new strenuous exercise program when pregnant and untrained
- don’t experiment with some new training wonder thingie you saw on TV
- don’t overtrain; listen to your body
- don’t go on a weight-loss diet when pregnant
- don’t let other people’s comments keep you from training
- do eat regularly and go for real food, not crap
- do consult your physician and PT
- do listen to your body
- do have fun when training
- do take the time to recover
Which Medicine Ball Is Right For You
Most people who train with med balls have 2-3 med balls so they can do different workouts with different weights. The basic medicine ball workout is a 6 pounds ball. If you are generally fit, you can add a 10 pounds ball, for full body workouts. There are heavy balls, 26-20 pounds each, they are not for medicine balls pregnancy exercises..
The 6 pounds medicine balls are not too heavy so you can do many repetitions with them. Doing a number of sets is important for the muscle strength and flexibility. You should be able to complete 12 rounds of each exercise.
There are medicine balls (see pic of Dual Grip Med Ball 6 lbs) which have two handles for a better grip during the training. They might be safer for pregnant women who are not experienced with med balls.
Cheaper medicine balls do not have handles but are made from the same rubber and have a firm grip even when palms are sweating.
What is so great with med balls is that you can do the regular body motions, rotate sideways, lean back and forward. When you will do these holding a med ball you will feel how inner muscles get some of the weight and do core workouts.
Please share this, there is not much on med ball workout during pregnancy, so this might help other women.