Have a Better Bed Rest

The Easiest Exercises, Ever!

To preserve your strength, practice these bed-based moves from Darla Cathcart, a physical therapist in Shreveport, Louisiana. Get your OB's thumbs-up first, and stay within your comfort level.

Ankle Pumps
With your legs extended in front of you, flex, then point your feet, either both together or one at a time, like pushing pedals.

Leg Roll
With your legs extended, roll your right leg out so your toes point to 3 o'clock. Roll in. Roll your left leg out so your toes are at 9 o'clock. Roll in. Repeat, alternating legs.

Quad Squeezes
With your legs extended, engage and tighten your right thigh muscle. Release. Change legs. Repeat.

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of American Baby magazine.

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