Chest Press with Baby
This exercise focuses on the development and strengthening of the pectoralis major muscle as well as other supporting muscles including the anterior deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis, scapulae fixers, trapezii, and the triceps. Many women are inherently weak in the upper body. This exercise is a wonderful to develop your strength while having fun interacting with your baby.
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Step 1: Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor, legs bent at a 45 degree angle and hands supporting baby under their under arms. (Baby must be able to support their own head to do this exercise)
Step 2: Ensure your glutes, shoulders and head are flat on the mat with a slight (neutral) bend in the spine.
Step 3: Exhale as you lift and press baby towards the ceiling fully extending your arms. Keep abdominals contracted to support your lower back
Step 4: Inhale as you lower baby to start position in a slow controlled manner. Complete 8-12 repetitions.