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Pregnancy exercises: Leg lifts

Keeping your thighs toned and strong can help you carry the extra weight of pregnancy more easily. Watch the video above. 

Joan Murphy, a co-founder of Frame fitness studios in London, runs exercise classes especially for pregnant women. Here, helped by fitness instructor Kelly Burns, who is 20 weeks pregnant, Joan shares some exercises to get your body in shape while also protecting your bump. These will have the best effect if you do five to ten repetitions, three to four times a week, either on their own, or alongside gentle exercise such as swimming, walking or yoga. 

  1. Lie on your side with your arm nearest the floor extended lengthways and your elbow bent to support your head. 
  2. Put your top hand on the floor in front of you for balance. Bend your bottom knee out in front of you at a 45-degree angle and keep your top leg straight and in line with your body. 
  3. Gently lift your top leg up and down, keeping it as straight as you can. Repeat on the other side. 

For more pregnancy exercise videos, visit the M&B YouTube channel.


Photo/video: Howard Boylan.

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