Are Planks Safe During Pregnancy?
You've probably heard that they're "not safe".
You've probably ALSO heard that they are perfectly safe.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the internet, black-and-white guidelines, dichotomous thinking, total lack of nuance and contradicting opinions…
In this blog post, I'm going to ATTEMPT to discuss this topic as neutrally and objectively as I can, looking at it from a few different angles.
First of all, check out this video that I made on planks on Instagram:
You can also watch this YouTube video that illustrates the problem with planks and some alternatives
I want you to consider a few things:
1. WHAT ARE YOUR TUMMY MUSCLES DOING?
While you might be ABLE to do a plank, your tummy muscles might be bulging or sagging down - there's a lot of weight AND demand on them in a plank, and during pregnancy, they are already under significant strain already as they track their way over the belly.
This video shows you what bulging during pregnancy looks like:
And at the beginning of this video, you can see what the abdominal muscles might be doing in a plank