Strength: Cable Underhand High Row – During pregnancy, the middle and lower back muscles, including those that support the shoulder blades, are often weakened. Due to the altered posture many pregnant women adapt to compensate for the additional weight in the front of the body, shoulders and neck round forward and cause these muscles to weaken. Keep them strong by adding the cable underhand high row to your exercise routine.
Use cable bands attached at a high position or a free motion cable crossover machine at its highest position. Grab the handles and rotate palms so they are facing the ceiling. Your arms should be at a 45 degree angle. Draw in your abdominals and keep your chest up and out. By imagining your elbows drawing back and down towards the floor, pull the cables down and to your sides, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Hold for a pause then slowly release to start position. Perform 3 sets of 12 repetitions. You may perform this exercise seated, standing, or in a squat position.
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