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Easy Exercise Moves for Moms-to-Be

Simple exercises that prevent weight gain, soothe aches, and strengthen your muscles for a speedy labor. Wahoo!
pregnancy yoga

Pretty soon, you'll have a new 7-pound weight to lift (aka your baby). In the meantime, try these toners from fitness pro Tracey Mallett, author of Super Fit Mama. They'll strengthen your bod for carrying Baby (and labor!), and are recommended for all pregnant women who get their doc's OK. You'll need a set of 3- to 8-pound dumbbells, a pillow, and a mat. Aim for two sets of 12 reps per exercise (except for the Birthing Squat), three to four days per week. As pregnancy progresses, decrease the weights, take breaks, or do fewer reps. Also, go for 20 to 30 minutes of moderate cardio, like speed walking, a few times a week. What to wear while doing all this?