Your abdominal muscles aka you ” Core “ provides a supportive muscular corset around the central part of your body which stabilizes your spine and internal organs. It is made up of a range of muscles such as your internal and outer obliques, rectus abdominis and traverse abdominals. These muscles all work alongside each other to maintain your posture, support your spine and generate range of movement between the lateral and flexion planes.
Therefore, Core stability is essential and more so when pregnant. You may ask Why?
As your baby grows your Core is required to accommodate the extra weight and size of your baby. Therefore, having Strong Core Stability will help protect both you and baby, help maintain your posture and maintain your abdominal muscles as much as possible.
However, your abdominal muscles will be effected through out and after your pregnancy due to your body having to stretch the muscles to accommodate baby.
In essence your muscles will become weaker due to the stretching of the Linear Albea ( internal muscle) which splits and separates, which is all part of the natural process.
In order to balance this weakness out during your pregnancy and to maintain some element of Core Stability its important that Core Stability training is undertaken. However, its important more focus is placed on the oblique muscles rather than the rectus abdominis.
The reason for this is because you don’t wan to enhance the weakness of the rectus abdominis muscles as this can have a hugh impact Post birth in terms of creating a condition called Diastasis Rectis. This condition means that post birth your spine is less supported, your posture is effected and you have weaker core strength and is a condition that is hard to retify post birth. So it’s important to understand how to train your core and what exercises to NOT complete while pregnant and after the birth of baby.
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