At Home Thigh Slimming Exercises for Pregnancy
I am not sure about you, but during pregnancy, my thighs tend to BLOW UP! It is the area in which my weight gain usually shows up first so it makes sense that it would be the first area to grow larger.
There’s not a whole lot that you can do about fat during pregnancy. Your hormones’ main goal is to keep the fact on your body as a means for an extra energy supply to meet the demands for you and your growing baby. But you can slim the muscles beneath the fat so once you give birth and the pregnancy hormones disappear and let’s go of your body’s increased fat percentage, you will be left with slender thighs!
I am currently 17 weeks pregnant and the weight gain is definitely starting to happen, though I am only at 5lbs gained. I feel BLOATED! Haha.
Here are my favorite moves for thighs during pregnancy and they are safe during EVERY trimester:
Inner Thigh Leg Lifts
Lying on your side, lengthen your bottom leg, and cross your top leg over, resting either your top knee (as pictured above) or the top of your foot on the floor. Prop your head up with your hand, or rest your head on your arm. As you exhale, lift your bottom leg, and inhale as you lower it back down without letting it touch the floor. Your torso should stay still while you do this. This counts as one rep.
Side Plank w/Leg Lifts
Lie on your side and position yourself on your bottom elbow and side of your foot. Lift your hips in the air, forming a straight line from ankles to shoulders, and brace your core. While keeping your torso stable, raise your top leg without bending your knee. Do not let your hips drop. Return to starting position.
Side Lying Leg Circles
Lie on your right side with your right upper arm on the floor and your head resting on your right hand. With knees straight, bend at your hips so your legs and torso form a slight angle. Raise your left leg 6 to 8 inches and make 8 small forward circles from the hip, raising the leg higher with each one. From the highest point, make 8 more small circles in the other direction as you lower the leg to start.
Stand with your feet significantly wider than hip-distance apart (about three to four feet), turn your toes out 45 degrees and hold your hands by your sides. Lower yourself down by bending your knees and hips, raising your hands to meet under your chin. Keep your abs tight, back straight and do not let your knees move past your toes when lowering. Once your thighs parallel the floor, root through your heels and rise back up steadily for one rep.
Inner Thigh Sways:
Stand on your left leg with your hands clasped behind your head. Bend your right knee and swing your leg up and across your body, right foot flexed. Without putting your right foot down on the floor, sweep your right leg out to the right side. Repeat 10 times back and forth with the right leg, and then 10 times with the left.
Here is a video demonstrating all of the moves:
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