Stretching Abdominal Muscles

Avoid abdominal stretches-they aren't safe for pregnant women.

You don't need to stretch your abdominal muscles; your baby is doing that for you. Avoid doing abdominal stretches during pregnancy because they can cause a widening of the gap that occurs between your rectus abdominis muscles during pregnancy. Save the abdominal stretching for after your baby is born.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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