Alright! Enough about the legs and let's chat about your upper body. For week 27 I want to focus on mobilising and strengthening your upper body. You might not want to develop huge guns with bicep curls, but this doesn't mean you can avoid exercising your upper body. During pregnancy as your belly grows, breasts enlarge and ribs expand there are a lot of changes that occur in the upper back and arms. After pregnancy you are going to need arms of steel to hold your beautiful child. Lowering them in and out of prams, cots and simply holding them is always placing a forward pull on your shoulders and back. If you don’t have the shoulder strength and posture to lower your baby using your arm muscles you will slip into the pattern of lowering from the back which can lead to back strain. Let’s jump on that early on and start focussing on ways you can keep strong, improve your posture and stretch out any sore and stiff areas.
To take a quick look at the exercises we can do with the theraband - bicep curls, tricep extensions, overhead punches, chest openers, external rotation (outward rotation), shoulder pulls, rows & more.... As always, good luck, SS.
Perform each exercise for 45 seconds on each side with 15 seconds rest.
‘x’ indicates the number of sets x 1, x 2, x 3
Perform each stretch for 60 seconds or 30 seconds on each side if required.