Updated: Aug 7, 2020
Single leg exercises during pregnancy
This subject is always up for discussion with many fitness professionals.
Like running (which I'll cover soon) if a woman has been lunging for example prior to falling pregnant and she isn't experiencing any pelvis or sciatic pain she may be able to continue to lunge during her pregnancy if she feels strong enough to. Weights may need to be lower or swapped to bodyweight.
It's hard to have a blanket “no single leg exercises during pregnancy” rule which would feel extremely restricting especially for a woman who had been correctly lunging for years.
Our aim is to keep Mums strong and safe.
It would be similar to any other exercise during pregnancy, if it causes pain or discomfort then it would be smart to stop and choose another alternative.
Remembering every pregnancy is different and can feel different from day to day
If any pain occurs it's recommended to visit your women's health physio and change her exercises to a more bi- lateral approach or there are however certain uni-lateral exercises that could swapped like using pin loaded machines or narrow split stance alternatives.
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***it's recommended you seek the advice of your health or medical professional before commencing any NEW physical activity during your pregnancy. We also recommend if training in group a class or with a PT that they are a fully qualified and registered pre + post natal exercise professional.
Stay tuned for more pregnancy and exercise tips and feel free to contact me with any questions.