How to Keep Your Stomach Toned During Pregnancy By Joseph M. Brown, MD, FACS on June 17, 2019

There are many benefits to keeping your stomach toned during pregnancy. It can help you have an easier labor and delivery. It keeps you looking and feeling attractive while pregnant. Toning during pregnancy also helps your body bounce back to its pre-baby weight after delivery. To learn about assistance toning your tummy after pregnancy, contact Dr. Brown for plastic surgery in Tampa.

A Healthy Diet

Pregnant women are best suited for the Mediterranean Diet. This means eating lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. You must also add a moderate amount of protein. Keeping your diet well-balanced is crucial. Make sure you are getting all the nutrients you need for your baby to grow. According to the American Pregnancy Association, women with a normal-range BMI can gain 25-35 pounds in pregnancy. Remember, everything you eat gets passed on to your child.

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Aerobic Exercise

If you haven’t been exercising, now is a great time to start. “The American College of Sports Medicine notes a healthy woman with a normal pregnancy may either continue her regular exercise regimen or begin a new exercise program during pregnancy.” [] Livestrong also recommends doing low-to-moderate impact cardio activity on a regular basis. These can be things like swimming, walking, or taking a light aerobics class. Aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up, keeping you slender and toned.


Many women find prenatal yoga is just what the doctor ordered for their aches and pains. This is as true during menstruation or pregnancy as it is in any other time of life. Yoga is a holistic system of exercise which aims to unite your mind, body, and spirit. If you are feeling more than a little moody, yoga can help establish a sense of calm and order. Basic poses like downward dog, cat-cow, and pelvic tilt strengthen your abs while easing your body into alignment.

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Kegel Exercises

During pregnancy, the weight of your baby pushes down into your stomach and bladder. This can cause bouts of urinary incontinence. Kegel exercises involve squeezing and releasing the vaginal muscles. You can do them any time you are sitting, including at your desk or on the couch. Kegels help strengthen the muscles used to stop and start urination. They give you more control. You will also use these muscles to push the baby out, so it is wise to stay strong.

Caution: Avoid These Activities

Avoid doing sit-ups and crunches at any time during your pregnancy. For one, lying on your back negatively affects your blood pressure. Also, you don’t want to put undue pressure on the growing fetus. Finally, lying on your back can limit the amounts of blood and nutrients your baby receives.

Don’t work out at such an intense pace that you cannot breathe. If you aren’t getting enough air, neither is your baby. “Stop exercising immediately if you experience chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, vaginal bleeding, contractions or shortness of breath.” []


  • Always warm up and cool down when exercising.
  • Always wear comfortable, well-fitting exercise shoes.
  • Wear comfortable and supportive clothing.
  • Take a break anytime you begin to feel “spent.”
  • Remember to drink plenty of water.

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