Exercise of the Week: Chest Press With Baby


Starting Position
Lie on your back on the floor, holding baby’s body firmly (beneath his arms). You and your baby should be face-to-face. Ensure baby’s head is stable and engage your abdominals by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.

Action
EXHALE: Supporting baby’s midsection, slowly push baby upward, extending your arms towards the ceiling, keeping your elbows slightly bent. Hold for a few counts. INHALE: Slowly lower baby back down to your chest level to complete one rep. Aim for 1-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.

Special Instructions
Safety should be your main concern, for you and the baby. Make sure that baby is totally secure in all movements. If any exercise is uncomfortable or too strenuous with baby, try it without baby first. Keep your spine in a neutral position. Don’t lift head off the floor during this exercise. If your lower back comes up from the floor at all during the movement, then raise your legs (bent) into the air to keep your back flat throughout the entire movement.

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