Keep fit and firm during your pregnancy... and beyond.

BY LINDY OLSEN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DALLAS OLSEN

Exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing while you're growing a little human inside of you. But regular workouts will not only help you feel healthier and stronger throughout your pregnancy body, they will also help you to better cope with labour and recover much better.

DUMBBELL DEADLIFT

Target muscles: Hamstrings and erector spinae (lower back)

Set-up: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, feet parallel to each other. Hold a dumbbell against each thigh. [A]

Action: Bend from the hips, so that your legs remain straight as your arms lower the dumbbells towards the ground. Lift your head so you're looking forwards, not down. [B] Return to the start position by pushing through your heels and pulling your shoulders back and down to lift the weights. Repeat.

Training tip: If this places too much strain on your back, bend slightly from the knees to relieve the pressure

. A                        B


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