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Many thoughts go through your mind while expecting the birth of your first child.

Four simple resistance exercises

Here are a few resistance exercises Paris and Pierre say are safe to perform while pregnant if you're doctor gives you the thumbs' up:

Wide-leg Squats: Place feet outside the width of shoulders, keep heels and toes on the ground, then lower your butt towards the floor. The key here is to keep your butt back, relax your shoulders, and look forward. Squat until thighs are nearly parallel to the floor, sticking your butt out as if you're sitting in a chair. Hold onto the back of a chair for balance if you need to.

Wall Sits: Stand with your back and shoulders against a wall, positioning feet about 2 feet out in front of you. Lower your butt towards the floor until knees are about 90 degrees and hold the position for as long as you can (aim for 15 to 30 seconds!) keeping heels and toes on the floor the entire time.

Lunges: Stepping forward with the right leg, bend both knees to about 90 degree angles or to the comfort level of the belly. Push back up through front foot and step forward with left leg and repeat. Keep your head up, shoulders back, and continue forward keeping your weight in your front heel.

Dips: Using a sturdy bench, place hands on the bench behind you, just outside of your butt, fingers facing butt, knees bent and feet on floor. Then lower your butt towards the floor. Your elbows should bend at 90 degrees and then push back up, while looking forward to work your triceps muscles on the backs of your arms.

Increasing your physical activity, healthy diet, and relaxing. Will increase the likelihood of a healthy delivery.

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