Planking During Pregnancy
By: Ginger Hanson
If you haven’t heard by now, I’m expecting. First child if you don’t count my two dogs, Ollie and Bo! They require a lot of care so I consider myself a dog mom :) Hopefully, they have prepared me a little bit for parenthood.
Anyway, back to the challenge part of this post. Since getting pregnant, I’ve sort of kinda maybe a little bit fallen off the gym routine. Ok, a lot bit. I’ve always been good about going to the gym four to five times a week during my lunch hour. But as we all understand, morning sickness sets in and motivation drops to a minimum. At least, that’s how it went for me. I lost all motivation to go to the gym. Motivation for anything really. I would get home from work and lay down on the couch and not want to move. Or eat. Or do anything. So, the purpose of my latest challenge was to help me get back into the exercise mindset and build up my core strength as my body changes – 30 days of planks.
I usually did the plank right before I went to bed. My goal was one minute at minimum. And the first time I could barely get to one minute! Apparently, if I stop doing planks, I can’t maintain my time. I was doing two-minute planks with relative ease before I got pregnant so when I did my first plank and barely made it to one minute, I realized how out of shape I was getting! I’ll be honest, I did forget a few nights to get my plank in so I missed a few days. As far as results go, I didn’t take a before and after picture since my after picture would show a larger belly than my before picture anyway! But I can say that the struggle to finish my minute plank in the end was considerably less of a struggle than my first plank in the beginning. My stomach muscles feel stronger and it seems to help 'hold' my belly in as it grows.
All in all, I would call it a moderately successful challenge. I could have done better, but I did forget a few times. I didn’t push myself as hard as I could have. If I do it again, my goal will be to do two planks each day spaced out – in the morning and in the evening. It’s definitely a doable challenge – one that’s easy to fit in to your routine and great to keep the core strong. I would like to keep doing a short one-minute plank before bed, but any tips to keep your motivation up during pregnancy? Leave them in the comments below.