The Top 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Hips During Pregnancy
Pregnancy often gets described akin to running a marathon. But you wouldn’t run a marathon without training, would you?
To prepare you for both the physical changes you endure during pregnancy as well as the demands of postpartum life, we recommend prioritizing building strength in your hips.
Why Strengthen the Hips During Pregnancy?
For starters, exercise has a wealth of benefits for both you and your baby during pregnancy. Hip strengthening in particular can prepare you for a couple of different things…
Postural Changes in Pregnancy
As the uterus grows, the pelvis tilts forward, the hips externally rotate, and your gait adopts that classic waddle. All of this can change the way your muscles can stabilize the pelvis. Strengthening the gluteal muscles in your hips can build stability and strength across the pelvis and oppose the weight of your growing belly.
Kids are heavy. Kid’s stuff is heavy (who knew a newborn + a car seat could weigh over 20lbs?). On top of that, you are carrying them ALL of the time. Postpartum is a very physically demanding time and we need to be training for it like a sporting event.
Maintains SI Joint Alignment
Weak gluteal muscles are associated with SI joint dysfunction, so keeping yours strong can help to keep your pelvis stable.
How Can I Strengthen My Hips?